Sam’s own practice is primarily with science collaborators, from archaeologists to neuroscientists and microbiologists. In 2011 in New York she won an award from the journal Nature ‘for scientific merit’ for her film about audio-visual synaesthesia An Eyeful of Sound. This film was made collaboratively with Dr Jamie Ward (reader in psychology at the University of Sussex) and a group of people who have synaesthesia. Her most recent film, Loop (2016), was made working with the lab of Dr Serge Mostowy (Wellcome fellow, Lister fellow) at Imperial College London on his work about septin cage assembly using a zebra fish model. The project was made through Animate Projects, funded by The Wellcome Trust and Garfield Weston.
She is the co-author of the book The Fundamentals of Animation (2nd Edition, Bloomsbury, 2016) with Professor Paul Wells.
Topics of her other films range from competitive sweetpea growing in Shropshire to the experience of having twins. Sam is interested in collaborative methodology projects, and making work about subjects that defy easy visualisation.