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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.

To watch more of my stuff
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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 5 / 5 stars

This one hit a little too hard

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mgproductions responds:

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


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I think your way of telling a story like this is brilliant, plus lots of different animation styles are used and they are used well!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

That was an amazing piece of work. I find myself a religious person, and I certainly can't applaud suicide (personally, I see as somewhat cowardly), but if he did so to try and make things right I can hardly blame him. I think the ending was reasonable, I suppose if you're not a truely bad person then things can be forgiven. Overall, very touching and a true work of art.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Spectacular film,
I like how love is a landmine at the beginning of the film, makes me feel cautious; then, of course, he wakes up to a song with the word "battlefield" in it.

What really gets me is the origin of his altered perception; is it because of the lack of the brain elixir, the DNT(maybe some DMT while your at it), or was he dead all along.

Speaking of hell, I like how he went to a heaven like state when he killed himself; that's something rarely seen in art. It makes me sick seeing film after film where the dude commits suicide for perfectly logical reasons and goes to hell for it; fucking superstitions are noxious

The music is what keeps me coming back; it is so captivating, especially at the end

And of course, he was born on 4/20; oh mystical weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ed

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mgproductions responds:

I love how you picked up on some really subtle things in the film.
I actually made a list that mentions (ONLY A FEW)
of the many drug references in the film.

1. Jack Campbell was born on April the 20th (4/20)
2. 4:30 in the 2nd building there is a bunch of stoners with a bong on the table
3. 6:03 when we transition into the new world
there are mushrooms scattered around. These mushrooms are modelled after Psilocybin mushrooms.
4. 6:28 we can also see more mushrooms off to each sides here.
5. 8:06 DNT is a reference to DMT
i didn't use the words DMT though because this was a school project and could not feature any drug use.

P.S: this is going of the times for the youtube version

Thanks for the 5/5 expect more from me in the future.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

You know, I cant believe I haven't seen this sooner. I've milled around newgrounds since the 90's without an acount. I never felt the real need for one until this year. I have seen some interesting stuff here, and I've also seen some real crap. I can honestly say that I have never once seen anything quite like this here. This is probably one of the best short films that I have ever watched and I feel fortunate that I have found it here. This would make a great full length film.

mgproductions responds:

I'm glad you like it so much man, support it by spreading it :)