Sam’s research and practice use animation to document the invisible, particularly in scientific arenas. The invisible can be conceptual, temporarily concealed, hermeneutic, overlooked, or implicit.
Sam is an animator and researcher with an interest in documentary, science and art, practice as research. Her practice is often in animated documentary. In addition to her role at the RCA, she is an Associate Professor in Animation at University College Volda, Norway, and co-editor of Animation Practice, Process & Production, Intellect Press Journal, with Dr Miriam Harris (Auckland University of Technology).
Sam's work is often based in scientific arenas and her PhD was about how animation documents neuropsychological brain states, with a collaboratively ethnographic methodology.
Cross-disciplinary collaborative practice is vital to her work, and she has worked with a diverse cohort of peers including micro-biologists, neuro-psychologists, multiple birth medical professionals, textile artisans, and archaeologists. She is interested in all aspects of expanded animation, from cinema based features and independent short films, through music videos, to interstitials, installation work, VR/AR, games, medical imaging and data visualisation. She is passionate about the correlation between practice and research in animation.
- BFI Short Form award 2022
- Wellcome Trust Enrichment Grant 2020-22
- BFI network award 2020
- Klangforum Vienna / Arts Council England 2018
- Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award (through Animate Projects) 2016
- Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery 2014
- Wellcome Trust Small Arts Award 2008
- Wellcome Trust Sciart R&D award 2007
- UK Film Council 2006
- Channel 4 / Arts Council England 2003
Awards & prizes
- Winner of Best British Film at the London International Animation Festival, 2019
- Winner of best documentary at Reanima Festival, Norway 2019
- Winner of the Nature Visual Science Award, Imagine Science film festival, Abu Dhabi, 2016
- Winner of the Nature Award for Scientific Merit, Imagine Film Festival, USA 2010.
- Winner of Best Experimental / Animation Film at the Scinema Science Film Festival, Australia 2010.
- Winner of Diploma in Documentary at the Flip Animation Festival, UK 2010.
Current and recent projects
A Language of Shapes (2022)
A commission for The Wellcome Trust (fellowship enrichment award), working with Dr Serge Mostowy’s lab at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
A commission for BFI Network, The British Museum and Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.
A metal detectorist’s quest through the Shropshire Marches leads us to a spectacular gold masterpiece, and the leader who sacrifices it for the sake of her child. A glorious 2D hand drawn animated adventure, inspired by the discovery of the Shropshire sun pendant.
Screened at London International Animation Festival, Nov 2021, Norwich Film Festival October 2021, British Short Films, Berlin 2022.
Animated fabric brings the story of a lingerie factory in Manchester to life. Silk, cotton and lace go under the camera, as the workers recount the history of Headen & Quarmby, the UK garment manufacturing industry, and British family traditions of making. A specially composed soundtrack by Swedish composer Malin Bång, inspired by sounds of sewing machinery, evokes the ups and downs of the factory. Winner of Best British Film at the London International Animation Festival, 2019 and best documentary at Reanima Festival, Norway 2019.
Publications, exhibitions, other outcomes
Moore, S. Transformation: Metamorphosis, animation, and fairy tale in the work of Tim Burton. In: Pheasant-Kelly, F. & Hockenhull, S. ed. 2021 Tim Burton's Bodies: Gothic, Animated, Corporeal and Creaturely: Gothic, Animated, Creaturely and Corporeal. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press.
Fabric frames: using materiality of work as comment on content. Paper at Society of Animation Studies 32nd Annual Conference, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA June 2021
Moore, S. Does this look right? Working within the collaborative frame. In: Murray, J. & Elrich, N., ed. 2018. Drawn from life: Animated Realities Anthology. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press.
Animating Invisibilia Paper presented at the Society for Animation Studies conference, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2016.
Animators! In an adventure with scientists! Paper presented at the society for Animation Studies conference 2015, Canterbury Christchurch University, July 2015.
Moore, S., An Eyeful of Sound: Using animation to document audio-visual synaesthesia pp80-86. In: Hohl, M., ed. 2012. Making Visible the Invisible: Art, design and science in data visualization. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. ISBN 978-1-86218-103-8.
Moore, S., 2011. Animating Unique Brain States: the animated documentary and ‘psychorealism’. Animation Studies Online Journal, ISSN 1930-1928
Ward, J., Moore, S., Beck, B., Thompson-Lake, D., Salih, S. (2008). The Aesthetic appeal of auditory-visual synaesthetic perceptions in people without synaesthesia. Perception. 37, 1285-1296.
Animation: The Synaesthetic Art? American Synesthesia Association conference, University of California San Diego 2011 (co-organised by V.S. Ramachandran).
- (since 2019) co-editor of Animation Practice, Process & Production, Intellect Press Journal, with Dr Miriam Harris (Auckland University of Technology)
- (since 2019) Associate Professor (0.2) in Animation at University College Volda, Norway
- (since 2018) member Animated Women UK
- (since 2010) member Society of Animation Studies
- (since 2020) founder with Ellie Land (Northumbria University) of special interest group Animation Practice as Research, SAS
- (since 2018) member of Women in animation and Documentary Animation SIGs as part of SAS
- (since 2013) member of SAS PGR group