Em Cooper is a British director and animator specialising in combining oil-painted animation with live-action film.

Em’s interest in communicating subjective experience informs her distinctive method of filmmaking. Her technique of combining oil paint animation with live-action film is often described as evocative of inner experience, and can be used to express thought or memory sequences within a film or documentary. Em’s animated work is entirely hand painted using oil-paint on glass.

During 2015 and 2016 Em has been working on Amazon Prime’s award winning TV series, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and Deej a feature documentary directed by Robert Rooy soon to be released. In 2014 her oil-painted animation woven throughout Eric Steel’s feature film Kiss The Water received critical acclaim by the British press, impressing the critics of Time Out, The Times, The Observer, The Financial Times and The TelegraphKiss The Water was named as one of the ten best documentaries of the year by BBC film critic Mark Kermode, and was screened on BBC television in 2015. Em’s short films have been screened internationally, including at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Her animation installation work has been exhibited at Turner Contemporary, Margate, and her films shown and discussed at the Freud Museum, London. Em has been invited to present her work at conferences including the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival in London and the International Ferenczi Conference in Budapest. In 2015 Em won the Gradiva Award for film at the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, which rewards creative work advancing psychoanalytic understanding.

In 2013 Em won the YCN Professional Award for Animation. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and her film Confusion of Tongues was shortlisted for the 2012 British Animation Awards, Best Student Film. Prior to her MA, Em worked as an Editor and Associate Producer at Current TV, UK.

A recent interview with Em in ROOMS Magazine can be found here.

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Emergence, film stills, 2012