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If you liked We Just Exist you should check out and support my latest film Papa's Sonata
http://www.pozible.com/project/184251

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.
http://www.facebook.com/papasonata

To watch more of my stuff
check out my website
http://www.marcusgraham.com.au

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,

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4Y6AZUeZwk

****** 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
Akron/Family
and
willhundredpercent

for letting me use your amazing music!

Reviews


fateshandfateshand

Rated 5 / 5 stars August 16, 2012

This movie was one of the 1st of its kind Ive seen on here. Engaging story and you manage to mix clay,real life and animation pretty flawlessly. Well done. It may have been long but that is not a bad factor.



mincraft27mincraft27

Rated 4 / 5 stars August 16, 2012

i dont get it but still good



KazerothKazeroth

Rated 5 / 5 stars August 16, 2012

Well sir, that was amazing.
I'm not into film school but I'm studying Game Art, which leads me to learn a lot of different things, including different types of animation. It particularly teaches me how much work you need to put into something for it to be good, and for it to be as you like and feel finished.

To be sincere, I felt the story was too damn corny at one point, but then I realized it was a necesary thing for the film to develop.
Although you had help (from what I see in the credits) it seems like you were part of every process, and it must've been one hell of a lot of work. Props for that and kudos for finishing this no matter what.
It's good to see someone talking about depression, as it affects thousands of people everywhere, and it's good to see an artistic critic on anti depressive medication as well.
I liked the story, I liked the character, it got me emotional too (we broke up with my gf two months ago, it's still hard) and that's when you won. From the moment you make people feel emotions with your work, you've achieved your goal.

I'm sorry your gf left you, I hope you're better now, even if hard feelings can create some fine inspiration.

Keep at it! I hope to see more from you.


mgproductions responds:

Yeah to be fair i didn't have too much help, for each shot i did pretty much everything (apart from the acting) the only help i got was sometimes my girlfriend would hold the boom mic.

And thanks for the empathy but the good news is i have a new girlfriend and i've been with her for almost 7 months now :).


BlobKingBlobKing

Rated 0 / 5 stars August 15, 2012

Sorry, I have a short attention span. So far I can tell it's of really good quality though. It looks like it's going to be one of those pschological, introspective, super-artsy pieces I'm not usually into, mainly because they have the pacing of holding an old lady's hand while crossing the street. I'll probably end up watching the rest of it later just for the artwork as it is terrific. The scene changing the bed into a car was marvelous.So far, I admire the intent to do without dialogue but it makes for an awfully slow story. I just don't think visual story telling has to be slow. I think people are far more sympathetic to psychology and dreams than some story tellers give them credit for. So yes, I'm criticizing the pacing. Perhaps it will pay out eventually. In my history the build up usually falls flat more often than not but I try to always gives them a chance even if it does bore me at first there are usually more than a few redeeming qualities towards the end, I hope at least. . . rating pending.


mgproductions responds:

Why'd you even rate it to begin with if you hadn't watched the whole thing yet?
It's quite fast paced, i didn't want it to be one of slow boring art films that are all black and white and whatnot.. Give the whole thing a go and even if you don't like it i certainly don't think it deserves 0/5


Mongril-RammsteinMongril-Rammstein

Rated 5 / 5 stars August 15, 2012

If you are not Marcus please show this review to him. Fives across the board. Kudos to you. Congratulations. Thank you. You sir are amazing. That was amazing. I didn't care about the file size. The beginning I was confused about but after a second time through...That was an interesting way to show a child growing up. I feel the war theme was an attack on the plethora of war games that children play now a days and the allegory of love being a bomb that shook his entire world was deep and thought provoking.

The scene with the man mixing those traits in an alchemical way and producing Jack's adult personality was again confusing at first, but very excellent. At this point in the film I was wondering if you would keep switching art styles between the two. More on that later. The timing of the alarm clock song and him turning it off was subtle but eye catching if you know the song. For my age bracket (20-29) it probably was.

The transition to the school scene I feel was a trip through life perhaps? The Teddy bear he brought with his was starting to dig into my brain as being a symbol but of what I had no clue. Then it really made me wonder why he brought it too school... High school. The scene with the Girlfriend made me wonder if perhaps she dies of a sickness or a cancer. Then the news broad cast switched that to oh she committed suicide. And at first with the medication ad i thought you were just making fun of those commercials.

I'll admit I did have a giggle at the Certified Professional being an Indian. (Albeit a racial profile hint behind said giggle.) The school scene again and the drop into the notebook seemed like revert back to childhood to me. As if he was daydreaming. Then BOOM! You hit me with he murdered her?! Followed by denial then (in Navi from LoZ: Ocarina of Time's voice) HEY! LISTEN! Lol sorry. I loved the zombie scene and the pills all over the floor! It hit home for me because I know too many people under the zombiefying effects of prescript meds.

The seaside scene was very confusing I didn't know if he was like in a happy place or if we traveled through time.

The claymation scene broke my heart. For I too have had heartbreak resulting from me grabbing the phone. I legit started crying. And my broken heart exploded like a fission bomb when I heard the punch/kick sound. I had to pause. I was crying to where my tears wouldn't let me watch untill they stopped. (This story was that amazingly written and portrayed.)

This story hit me hard to where I was thinking after he (god its so hard to type this after knowing he loved her) dumped her body over the edge I thought to myself "I'd go over too just because I probably wouldn't have wanted to go on alone." And then he did. I paused. I cried. I cried hard. I don't know why but it was amazing. So deep! So beautiful! The montage of films the couple took made it seem that much personal and that much more amazing. Dude I am not ashamed of saying this I cried. I CRIED LIKE A BABY! That video was amazing. Beautiful. I am following you from here on out. You are talented sir. Thank you for making this. Thank you for that beautiful story.


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mgproductions responds:

(I just woke up for the record so forgive me if my writing comes off a bit dazed and confused hehe )
I'm sorry i can't respond to every detail in your message but i did read it all and thanks for taking the time to write a detailed analysis of my works :)

"It hit home for me because I know too many people under the zombiefying effects of prescript meds." You hit the nail on the head with this one and i'm glad someone picked this up.
When i showed it to my friends they asked "why does it keep cutting back and forwards between the zombie and him?" I too have had many close friends lives effected by xanax, valium and other anti-depressants/anti-schizophrenic medication.

" For I too have had heartbreak resulting from me grabbing the phone. I legit started crying. And my broken heart exploded like a fission bomb when I heard the punch/kick sound. I had to pause. I was crying to where my tears wouldn't let me watch untill they stopped. (This story was that amazingly written and portrayed.)" Wow thanks so much man, it was extra tough for me creating that scene and i'll let you in on a little secret. All the shots of the main characters house were shot at my girlfriends house.. Just before the end of the shoot she broke up with me for another guy.. So having to sit there and recreate her house in claymation was very weird and a bit creepy even of me to do.. but i knew i had to finish the film regardless of how hurt i was.. I tried very hard to capture what i felt at the time and even though i didn't kill her or anything having someone leave you is about as bad as them dieing in my opinion.. In some cases worse i believe..

"I am following you from here on out. You are talented sir. Thank you for making this. Thank you for that beautiful story." Thanks for the support man! you MAY also enjoy a documentary i did recently although it's VERY VERY different to this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k-IvOOkeAc&list=UULzMSN8oLwcls7PYIe1jDKQ&index=2&feature=plcp
If that link doesn't work then just youtube search "Cannabis : Behind The Smokescreen"
I'm currently still in film school and I'm working on a pitch for a short film and I'm then going to use that short film to pitch for a feature film if that makes sense? I have many ideas ahead of me many fitting into genre's such as comedy, horror, drama, animaton, etc..
As i've said before this is my first big film but it CERTAINLY won't be my last :) expect more and i'm glad you enjoyed it.