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Five Second Project – “Old Video Games” 179 Comments


Welcome to an all new five second projects. This week’s theme is “Old Video Games.” Atari, NES, SEGA, Arcade. It doesn’t matter really. Just help us remember the good old days when Mario ruled the world and first person shooters weren’t around. Create a short project based on the theme and post it in the comments to be entered into the contest.

Why Should You Enter? Check out the video…

How Do I Enter?

  • 1. Create a five second animation based on the theme.
  • 2. Upload your video to Vimeo. Don’t forget to add a link back to this blog post.
  • 3. Post a link to this posts comment thread and I will add it to the Channel.
  • 4. Deadline is July 13th

What Are Five Second Projects?
We all want to make cool shit for our reel right? Sometimes you just need a theme to get you started… Some rules to fight against. Use the theme “Old Video Games” to make a five second motion piece and link it in the comments of this blog post. “Shout Box” submissions will not be found and will not be added to the channel. Please be sure to post a link in this post’s comments to ensure me seeing it.

It’s really great to see so much participation. Tell a friend about the five second projects and get them involved too. Don’t forget to push yourself to try something new every week. What about a new piece of software or technique you have wanted to try? Take control of your creative output and Make Cool Shit!

Check out the entries here or visit the Vimeo Channel

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  1. zippo

    Wow – Great theme! Too bad I am too busy to hand something in. Maybe at end of July…

  2. Akatsuki5

    Right Theme, Right Timing. I gotta jump in this one

  3. I can;t wait to see the results. I’ve always loved the old school video games – the original Star Wars Arcade Game being my favorite. I created this as a possible tutorial for Red Giant TV, but haven’t had a chance to get it done yet:

    Also, Dan Opsol, one of my students from a few years ago, made this awesome Nintendo-style video game animation as his final project:

    Anyway, neither is 5 seconds long, but hopefully they can help inspire.

  4. Aharon Rabinowitz!!!

    You are the man, man!!!!

    Spent so many days/weeks/years watching your podcasts.

    Its nostalgic now, the upright base followed by the cow’s moo.

    This is gonna be great challenge for sure.

    “I’m pumped, let the healing begin” – Will Hunting

  5. Andrus Rähni

    it is funny that this theme is on, cause’ i’m just playing those good old games through internet –

    favorites are Contra and Super Mario 1.

    I have a question – could i make one AE advert of this site – Is it kinda forbidden to make somekinda advertisement to a site in this “Five sec projects”.
    This site isn’t mine or something. I just like that place 😛

  6. Must wait for over an hour for Vimeo to convert my video. Tik-tak. Come on.

    (Yes, I do’t have a vimeo plus account)

  7. Jeremiah

    I am new to after effects and this site, but I look forward to throwing my hat into the ring to see what I can do. I have seen a lot of great work on this site and I really appreciate the tutorials.

  8. Nick,

    I love the 5-second ideas… what a great way to remind yourself that animating is supposed to be FUN even when it sometimes feels like a normal, 9-5 job. Here’s my first ever entry. I went with a “3D Killed the 2D Star” theme.


  9. Jonathan Jones

    Hey, loving your tutorials and videos. Your laid back approach is really great.

    Heres my first ever video I have actually made propally. It’s quite bad but whatever, it’s my first real try at anything in cinema 4d and after effects. (it may still be proccesing)

    • Drop another comment when it is done processing Jonathan. I really want to add it but i have to see it first. 🙂

    Funny trying to fit a beginning, middle and end into 5 seconds but I’m getting there. Its my first attempt at pixel art, and animating it, but was a wicked little project. Noice. Can’t wait for the next one.
    Feedback please!

  11. DataRobot

    Hey just want to submit our entry for the vintage video games, hope you can share our fun and narcissism.
    Must say some of the entries are really fun. Keep up the good work guys…
    Oh… as predicted a little bad TV…


  12. Long time viewer, first time participator. Cool topic, so I decided to attempt it.

    Here’s my entry—Uh? Just blow on it?

    I wish I had had more time to work on it but I’ve got none left this week and I was out of town last week! It originally started out with 3D cube pixels in AE but that would have taken forever. I should have just taken it in to Cinema. Oh well. I did consider just using a ton of offset layers. Others got good results with it, but I decided against it.

    Anyway, good work everyone!

  13. By the way, I really wish I had thought of Tetris first, I only played it solidly for hours every day of my childhood. Oh well.

    • Dude, Tim, that thing is crazy! I like the old theme songs a ton and the gore is beautiful. Everybody, go check this out.

  14. Justin Koppstein

    Theres my entry for the old video game 5 second project.
    Not that great i know but im still fairly new to AE.

    I figured the best way for me to get better is to try things like this.


  15. Hi there!
    Here is something I made for this project called: Pixel Spaceship
    Hope you’ll like it!

    It’s really about experimentig new techniques, in this case Maya’s nParticles – the surface and the explosion was generated by these animation tools – but also considering concept I found it interesting to transfer a 2D pixel space into 3D…

    I also uploaded it here – just to make sure.

  16. Hey Nick…
    This is my first entry in these contests, and I have to say, what a great idea. It’s perfect for demo reels, just like you said! I had fun trying out this new technique for a “blue print” look.

  17. GreasyMnky

    Hey Nick,
    This is my fist entry to your 5 seconds projects.
    I’m about to begin my 2nd year in animation school, there were some things that we didn’t see in class and that I wanted to try this summer.

    This is one of them: Inverse Kinematics in After Effects.

    I would like get some comments or critics on the video.

  18. DUDE, there are a TON of great clips entered for this project. Thanks everyone! Keep them coming. It’s not over till Monday.

  19. Yo Nick,

    can’t see my project on the channel, forgot me? 🙂

    Cheers, Tobi

  20. Ok, I almost missed this one. I started with a modern rendition of Atari’s “Asteroids”, until I checked back the first submissions and noticed there was at least an entry on that game. So here’s my entry, just in time I think:

    Awesome theme Nick, thanks for hosting such a nice opportunity to get inspired and push our skills to the max (or at least try to 😉 ).

  21. Andrus Rähni

    Damn. i have an idea … but i dont know how should i do it. :S


  22. Aight, Nick- you got me interested now. 😉

    If I need to make cool stuff, might as well start with something I have a particular passion about- old video games.

    No sound in this one, I’m afraid. Maybe next time.

  23. Hey there Nick,

    First time caller long time listener, love the stuff you’ve got going on here. Creative league too–I hope it grows into a colossal monster.

    I hope I’m not late..

    Title – Shatter the Past

    Great posts everyone!


    • Your video has been set to private Turtles. Please set it to “Everyone” so that we can see it and I can add it into the channel. Cheers!

    • Kt Isabelle

      I know it’s way too late to enter the contest. I left the country for a week as Vimeo was thinking about converting my video. Oh well. Wanted to share it anyway.

  24. i miss the good old days when we spend our childhood with mario in our dreams. When we spend sleepless nights just to beat the bosses of the games (in my case, cry). But anyways, thanks reminding us of how old school games once ruled the gaming industry. Thanks!


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