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We Just Exist

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Aug 4, 2012 | 3:37 AM EDT

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If you liked We Just Exist you should check out and support my latest film Papa's Sonata

UPDATE 2014: Been a long time so I don't know if anyone still comes on here and checks this out but I know some people were really looking forward to my next project. So I thought i'd link you guys to my facebook page where you can get all the latest details on my next big film.

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UPDATE : Wow frontpage! thanks so much :)
Really interesting reading the large variety of reviews.
Keep them coming cause i try my best to read all of them!

Please do not vote zero because of the large filesize.
to quote another user "^^^This is not a flash file, it is a video file. .swf uses vectors, so small, <10 mb files are common. .MP4 VIDEO files are raster, which make for heavier files. When you watch a YouTube video at 720p, I can assure you, it is not 10 mb, so it is the same on Newgrounds." ALSO PLEASE WATCH THE WHOLE FILM BEFORE VOTING.

This file has been heavily compressed so that i could
be uploaded to Newgrounds. If you would like to see it in full 1080P High Definition then go to this link

****** Also thank you very much to Tom Fulp for giving me the .mp4 function so i could upload this. ******

We Just Exist is the story of a young man (Jack Campbell) trying to escape a monotonous reality and a haunting past by throwing himself into a surrealistic childlike fantasy world, but these illusions quickly begin to dissolve as a much darker reality is revealed. The films intent was to create a highly symbolic film than mainly relies on it's visuals and sounds to tell its story rather than lengthy dialogue.

The film was put together over the span of two years on a very very small budget,
originally being created as a film for Turramurra Highschool's Visual Arts HSC when i had just turned 17.
The whole thing was pretty much all done by Marcus Graham, most of it shot
at school or in his bedroom. This is Marcus Graham's first attempt at a proper film, but it certainly isn't his last.

Thanks so much to
Cloud Cult

for letting me use your amazing music!



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I think thats the first mp4 I see on NG so thats nice, but the video itself was too long to told a simple story in my opinion. Many parts werent needed for the story

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Personally I was never much into film as some of my other friends, to me this film has a surreal quality that is similar to Pi or Requiem for a Dream. I see the ideas behind, Delusion, Denial, Realization, Acceptance, Punishment (death), and the theme of love and forgiveness. it describes states of coping with a pain that cannot easily be contained. I really enjoyed the ideas behind escapism, the urge to be anywhere but where you are at the moment. The idea of having anymore dialogue than already present to me would have ruined the effect. A wonderful short film. 4.5 is the highest I could go, would have put a 4.9, because like all of us, nothing is truly perfect but we can all get really close.

mgproductions responds:

Thanks for the kind review. I'm a huge fan of Requiem for a Dream! watched it so many times..
Glad you enjoyed it :)


Rated 1.5 / 5 stars

I can't help but admire the work that went into this. But to be honest, the story is lackluster, the animation amateur at best, and the production disjointed. One minute Jack is driving through an acid-induced city on his car bed, the next he's crying about his ex. Then he's watching a commercial about happy pills that sells itself to be something comedic, then we're right back to watching him cry about his ex. I suppose that was the whole point of the movie. A lunatic creates a fantasy world to avoid his horrible life, then kills himself because he can't quite escape from his past. It could have been done so much better, and has before. Nothing unique, nothing fantastic, just a bunch of supposedly symbolic bullshit. You told a story that could have been told in five minutes, but for some asinine reason you decided to take nearly eighteen to do so.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

This was amazing! A fantastic piece with a gamut of art styles that blend into a brilliant film. Very inspirational and a great deal of talent by everyone from the actors to musicians. Marcus Graham you should be a proud filmmaker!

mgproductions responds:

Thank you sir!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

this moved me i love this so much, great job

mgproductions responds:

Glad you liked it so much :)