Back in May we featured the work of a talented young animator called Christine Hooper. As part of her portfolio we posted the trailer to her excellent graduation film On Loop (2013). Today Christine released the full film online and it is plain to see why it’s picked up so many awards on the festival circuit. On its travels it has received the 2014 Schnongs Film Festival Award and 2014 Animated Exeter – New Talent Award as well as being shortlisted for the ReVersed Poetry Film Award, the Lumen Prize and the British Animation Awards Public Choice.
The piece was originally inspired by a quote from critic Bill Nichols: “Every film is a documentary.” Hooper was fascinated by Nichols’ proposition that every film acted as a tail of evidence leading back to its director – she chose to create a work that was overtly about her personal experiences, specifically her struggles with insomnia. Her decision to use actor Susan Calman for the voiceover was prompted by the fact that the artist has spoken and written publicly about her own issues with the sleep condition. Hooper's aesthetic starting points came from David Hockney’s photomontages, a means of layering time and representing the fracturing of thought, something she had been exploring at BA level and wanted to continue during her MA at the Royal College of Art.
Hooper has had her work broadcast on SkyArts, E4 & the BBC. Since graduating she has worked on a new programme at Ragdoll Productions and is currently pursuing several animated documentary projects.