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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 5 / 5 stars

Okay, okay, I have to ask... WHY ISN'T this at Cannes or Sundance...?!? DUDE this was fucking amazing!!! Like the first bit has my 5 Rs ACROSS THE BOARD. The only one issue is that there aren't MORE people las artistic at this Marcus character posting on this site.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

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.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

i dont get it but still good


Rated 5 / 5 stars

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 :).


Rated 0 / 5 stars

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