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“Everything I Can See From Here” by Sam Taylor and Bjorn Aschim

Everything I Can See From Here has a simple quality that is all too rare in animated filmmaking: mystery. As a viewer, I had no idea where the short was headed, but it was an engaging journey in which I was kept thoroughly engaged by the narrative skills of filmmakers Sam Taylor and Bjorn-Erik Aschim. They made the film as a personal project at the London-based collective The Line. It’s a timely piece, too, in that it serves as a reminder that hand-drawn animation is a vital art form that is evolving in exciting and fresh new directions.

Directed by Sam Taylor and Bjorn Aschim for The Line
Produced by Fritzi Nicolaus
Sound & Music by Box of Toys Audio

Sam Taylor
Bjorn-Erik Aschim
Adam Hodgson
Alexander Petreski
Dante Zaballa
Geoff King
Hozen Britto
James Duveen
Jim Round
Kristian Antonelli
Tim McCourt
Wesley Louis

3D Modelling and Rigging
David Hunt

3D Modelling
Max Taylor

3D animation
Max James van der Merwe

Bjorn-Erik Aschim

Bjorn-Erik Aschim
Sam Taylor

Adam Hodgson
Beth Witchalls
Caspar Rock
Clarice Elliott
Denise Dean
Freya Hotson
Hozen Britto
Hugh La Terriere
Isobel Stenhouse
Jessica Toth
Jose Saturno
Stewart Wagstaff
Tom Loughlin

  • Gorgeous! And yes mysterious. And yes, 2D animation is NOT dying and never will: it’s just not being used to it’s best ability by the people in charge of movies. Though I must say: as pretty as the background are, the vertical format is REALLY hard on the eyes.

  • Riu Tinubu

    Glad to see it ended up on here! It’s getting so much fanfare and positive response, it’s deserved of course. Ambitious traditional 2D animation (with 3D included) that just looks so polished, it’s definitely a standout in the London independent animation scene. Love the character design too.

  • greg manwaring

    They have done a stupendous job!

  • the animation here is so dynamic, its crazy !

  • Sensational. Loved the brilliant use of the vertical format.

  • Tip jar is open on Vimeo. Toss them some spare change for excellent work.

    • Timothy McCourt

      Yeah totally! I think it’s a culture we need to develop in our community. Kickstater has worked well and that’s great, but I think we need to start backing the guys who just sit down and make wonderful films like this especially the ones we all enjoy.

      I know that Cartoonbrew’s stand is that they won’t promote crowd funding projects, and I respect that position, but I’d be interested in knowing if they’d recommend people to tip films that are already made and that they are featuring.

      I think CB is in a perfect position to help Independent short film makers like this by advocating the vimeo tipping system.

      I think we need to back guys like these to help keep the art form alive.

      It took them 2 years to make, working at it on the side, who knows if they have it in them again, to persist for another 2 years to make another one.

      That would be a real shame if they didn’t.

      I say tip :)

  • Nick

    Animation was awesome! That’s about it.

  • SSM

    Awesome! Glad that somebody is doing it. Very inspiring. Well done, Sam and Bjorn and the rest of the team.

  • Platy

    Vertical Video =|

  • Michael Sporn

    It’s beyond excellent. A beautifully composed film, well animated, designed and finished. I’m curious to see how it will be projected. If that works out, they may have a smart contender for next year’s Oscar. It is better than most of this year’s crop was. Congratulations to their entire team.

  • Sam Sweetmilk

    Really technically accomplished.

  • popyea

    Amazing. Also, brilliant design for the alien. Looks wonderfully original.

  • brownbox

    Amazing stuff! I loved every second of it =)

  • Patrick Tuorto

    This was mesmerizing to watch, simply fantastic work. Loved the style, loved the animation, everything about the piece pulled me in from the beginning. Great job!

  • canimal

    interesting vertical orientation…. i had to zoom way out on my browser to see the whole thing. Still, very cool piece. Amazing work from everyone involved.

  • James Madison

    I will toss something in the “tip jar”. In regards to our displeasure that went down with Disney recently, the way to prove ourselves right, is to show action.

  • Joshua Taback

    Wow. I’m glad this was posted the week of the Disney 2D Lay-offs.

  • FakeNina

    Do you think it could be an allegory for the relationship and tensions between 2D and 3D animation? The (3D) alien arrives and attempts to join in and play with the (2D) earth creatures, but inadvertently ends up destroying them. Anyhow, it’s a beautiful thing.

  • Damn! I’m impressed, awed, and humbled. Beautiful paintings, and GREAT acting.
    I HAVE to say though, I wish the “story” was better. Kinda fell all apart when the dog “gets it’.. but still an inspiring piece.

  • Felix Sputnik

    7 minutes with my mouth open, now my tongue is all dry…

  • Chris

    It was okay. I can’t say I found it “mysterious”. It was a pretty typical short film, but I agree with other comments in that the paintings were nice. The human character design was, sadly, a bit bland, though the alien was interesting. It was the character design of the alien that drew me in to watch it in the first place.

  • pizzaforeveryone

    amazin . . . yes please take my dollar

  • Ed

    as much as I enjoyed it, it should have gone to festivals first for more exposure. awesome work dudes!

  • Yes. Style over substance, but what style!

  • Nikhita P.

    Absolute brilliance!! Loved the backgrounds and the color schemes. Lovely. Loved the motion in them, and the animation and character designs were brilliant as well! Stunning!! <3