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Closed: Road Trip

I’m on my Road Trip this month so what better time to have the theme “Road Trip” for this five second project. What makes you think of road trips? It could be vintage gas stations, or the hilly country side, or silly games. Whatever it is, let’s see it! ROCK!

What Are Five Second Projects?
We all want to make cool shit for our demo reel right? Sometimes you just need a theme to get you started… Some rules to fight against. Use the theme “Road Trip” to make a five second motion piece and enter it into the form below. If your new to five second projects, why not check out the Five Second Projects Archive to see all of the past themes and winners.


1. Submissions must be Five Seconds Long!
2. Only animation is accepted. Video only submissions will not.
3. The animations has to do with the theme in some way.
4. Original Work only. Don’t cut out 5 seconds of already made work.
5. Link back to GSG on your Vimeo Post

Why Should You Enter?

1. Try new techniques or software
2. Limitations help get the mind working.
3. Make short, awesome pieces for your reel.
4. Get critique from your peers.
5. Promote yourself.

How Do I Enter my Video?

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. Submit your link to the form below and I will add it to the channel

4. Deadline is Sunday, March 6th.

Thanks for all those that entered! We are no longer excepting entries!

Watch the videos at the vimeo channel, or at the FiveSecondProjects Archive

Winning Entry

Honorable Mentions

Latest Five Second Projects

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  1. Been waiting for a new one te finally make my debut. But I must say I am a bit puzzled by the theme. Don’t really know how to visualize this. But hey, a challange.

  2. Glad to see you always have time to make something, Nick, even on the road! Good for you! Hope you’re having a great time!

  3. Brandon

    I tried submitting, but got a “Sorry, but this form is limited to one submission per user.” warning.

    I haven’t uploaded anything for this yet. Any idea on what I should do?

  4. wow, love this theme!
    seems like my first time taking part to these 5secs has come

  5. Michael Genatiempo

    How long does it take for my video to appear on the vimeo channel?

  6. diamond971

    I am surprised that there were people to watch my video on vimeo but no one has commentary and you do not put my video in your challenge.
    Perhaps she should not do?
    Thank you let me know!
    (From France)

  7. Shmilfke

    Can you make a lightweight category for us beginner C4D users?

    • You could make this as lightweight as you wish. And C4D is not a mandatory production tool. Use AE if you’re strong with that or use photoshop to make a bunch of images up and just edit them in iMovie. Your limit is your imagination and willingness to practice or try new things.

  8. Actually I feel like it’s a shame to post my work here. It’s been like a month since I started with C4D and that’s my first “ok” animation. I’m just glad to see everyone else’s work. Cheers, ppl!

  9. First comment on the site :) Should finnish my scene tomorrow. But mac book pro 13 inch does not like the rendering…before I have optimized its looks like about 75 hours :s hope I get it done …

  10. diamond971

    There is something weird.On the Vimeo Channel for this Road Trip Project there is only one footage.Many users post vimeo URl but they don’t appear on the dedicated Vimeo Channel. What is the matter ?.Are we missing something ? Tanks-From France)

  11. Cooba

    Is it still going on? Nick seems to not update anything

    • mathieu

      read the topic ;)

      “4. Deadline is Sunday, March 6th.”

    • Doh! I didnt read them as I thought they were just the generic instructions. Will have to wait for the next one again.. Nick an email reminder would be great thanks!!

  12. tstroke

    Hi gang

    A bit of a monster render-time for me.

    Wondering if the Sunday deadline is as the ‘sun comes up’ or the ‘sun goes down’?

    ie no more submissions on the 13th or is the 13th still ok?

    Eitherway thanks again Nick and Friends!

  13. bummer.. :\
    running into some difficulties with this project, and I dont think I could make it in time..

    ..maybe if someone wants to cooperate with me on this, for the fun of it..then I wont throw it all away..hehe.. :D

  14. diamond971

    I just put a link to my project on VIMEO for your challenge.

    It is still missing in your Vimeo Channel for this challenge.
    Please update it. Thanks
    Thanks for watching and comments

    (Sorry for my English….From France)

  15. YiannZ (aka mpoulis)

    I hope that our submition time ends at the end of the day…in 23 hours according to the Chicago time… :)
    It would be great if we knew exactly how much time is left, like in Robert Legers tasks..(d/h/m)!!!
    If i don’t make it till the end of the day… :D

  16. Hi Nick, I have problems with uploading in 5 Second Project. When I click the submit button, the message that I have already added a video. Although this project I’m doing it for the first time.

    My Road Trip

  17. Jason Mettler

    My original upload to vimeo is taking over 15 hours now and counting. I uploaded the same clip w/a different codec so hopefully it posts before deadline. Anyway, since you can’t unsubmit here’s the url in case this one works and the other doesn’t:

  18. tstroke

    Hey Nick,

    Biting my nails with 10 more frames to render.

    What time is the deadline?


    • andyweak

      The link says it’s a private video. Might want to change that in the settings, unless of course it’s a secret.

    • Sucha fool. Only spotted that today…hope it still counts. Thanks for the heads up Andyweak…Did not want to put live until I had put a link in deception….then forgot.


  19. Jason Mettler

    Well, Vimeo isn’t loading my original upload (and the one submitted to this site). My second try did work but I can’t submit twice to this site. Nick, please use the link I posted in my earlier comment. Thnx!

  20. Marty Laurita

    Whew! Talk about last second! I’m in Los Angeles, so its not yet midnight on sunday night :]

    Here is the link to my submission:

    The images are from my actual road trip that I took with my gf to northern California this past week. Enjoy!

  21. Hi Guys

    I submitted my video last Saturday and it is not on the 5 sec project vimeo channel yet.

    Do you guys know why?

  22. Markus Bürster

    I submitted my entry a few hours before the deadline and I got a message that everything is alright, but it hasn’t been added to the channel yet.

    Just in case the submission failed (which isn’t that unlikely because I use Opera and there’s a germanic umlaut in my name…) here’s the link to my video:

  23. Pedro Paulino

    Does anybody know when will the results be announced? :-)

  24. Ruben Sainiuc

    How can I get announced when you post a new 5-second project?

  25. kuunami

    I just found out about this and I think it’s really cool. I look forward to entering the next one.


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