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Closed: Start With A Photo




Update:
The deadline for this project has passed. The winners will be chosen this week. Stay tuned.

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This one should be fun. You must use photos you have taken to make your animation for this weeks theme. Use a photo as the main element in your animation. Why not try something you haven’t done before. Cut out a person or elements from photos. Or, maybe composite something into a photo. Whatever it is, just make sure to take a photo and incorporate it in to your entry.



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 “Start With A Photo” to make a five second motion piece and link it in the comments of this blog post. Please be sure to post a link in this post’s comments to ensure me seeing it. If your new to five second projects, why not check out last week’s theme here.



Rules

  1. 1. The animation can’t be longer than nine seconds. FIVE SECONDS is highly recommended!
  2. 2. The animation must fit the theme.
  3. 3. Only submit animation. Any and all animation forms are accepted (stop motion, hand drawn, cg, 3d, motion design, etc… ). Unmodified, videos will not be accepted, however.



Why Should You Enter? Check out the video…



How Do I Enter my Video?

  • 1. Create a five second animation based on the theme, “Start With A Photo”.
  • 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 Sunday November 22nd



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 below or visit the Vimeo Channel.

Winning Entry

Honorable Mentions

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207 Comments

  1. Rickard Bengtsson

    Sounds great!

    Just got to find someone with a decent photo camera.

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  2. Liam Dunlop

    It’s Holga, Lomo, Leica, Minox Spy, Pin-Hole, Diana, Polaroid Time!

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  3. Dude! No freaking way! I was just about to start working on a very similar project! Then I see this.

    This is going to be awesome!

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  4. Hi Nick, great theme! Is it mandatory that I take the photo? I don´t have a decent camera. Could I use some cool photo I find online or something like that?

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  5. Ah…Nick…I am going to have to think….Darn, I dont do that very often!….

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  6. I find this theme very abstract and challenging. Way harder than last one. :)
    I hope i will be able to come up with something.

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  7. This kinda a silly question but do we just use A photo or can we use a bunch of them?

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  8. I have a question that is not related to this project directly, i hope it is is ok if i poste it here?

    Do you have any ideas where to get good audio files for projects this and other?

    tnx
    Luka

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  9. “Video ONLY entries will not be accepted, however.” Kinda sounds like silent entries will not be accepted…? Would I be right in assuming that you mean to say you un-modified videos will not be accepted?

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    • he means it should be any kind of animation and if you shoot only a scene on video it won’t be animation.

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    • right. It just means that unaltered videos with no animation will not be accepted. I updated the post to try and make it more clear.

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  10. Magda

    wow, I hope I will find some time for this one! my 2 favourite things..photography and animation!! maybe even some pixilation or stop motion..or is that “cheating” in some way,just one picture?

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  11. NIIICKK!! the photo has to be taken by me? or can I download a photo from internet?

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  12. Hi Nick,
    I’ve been enjoying all your tut’s for about 3 weeks now, going through them all on-by-one and having a blast!!
    I put this one together a week or so ago and it just happens to fit the theme of the week’s 5 Sec Project.
    I used Cinema 4D to build the ‘logo’ and did the compositing in AE CS4 Then finished the sound mix in FCP. ( it was originally 14 second but I tightened it up to fit the 5+ secs)
    Thanks for all the tutelage! Keep it coming.
    http://vimeo.com/7548834

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  13. I am sorry but i haven’t found this info:

    What is absolute dead line for this project?

    tnx

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  14. Hey Nick, here’s my submission: http://vimeo.com/7563246

    First five second project but certainly not last :) Yay.

    (P.S. if it looks like there is too much motion in there for photos, read the vid description, I took 3 octo-photos with my iPhone and then 2 extra with a d70).

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  15. I am working on it. Trying out som realflow simulation. It is really killing my computer, and the simulation takes ages.. Luckily, I still have a week to deliver :)

    Great theme Nick!

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  16. delman

    Hey! :)
    Here is my entry. (First time I’m in this “5 seconds project”) – http://vimeo.com/7614511

    I have a simple question; Can I upload another video too? Or I’m I only allowed to enter with one video?

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  17. Benjamin Ang

    Hey Nick! Here’s my video!
    http://vimeo.com/7595408

    It would be awesome if you could critic my work so that i can improve it! Thanks a lot for these projects, I’ve learn a lot just from these 5 seconds!

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  18. Here is my submission. Thanks for doing this. I often try to make up little projects for my reel but I it can be hard to think of something if you don’t have any direction. Having a set topic or theme makes it much easier to get creative. http://www.vimeo.com/7632348

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  19. Great !!! im in, glad to know you guys, i’m sure i’ll learn a lot from you, thanks for the project gorilla, doing my best from this side

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  20. Austin DuBois

    Hey Nick, I used a photo that I didn’t take myself for the 5 second project, because I didn’t have the kinda of picture I needed and was unable to take one. Can I still submit it to the group for feedback on my work?

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  21. Florent Bizec

    Hi everybody,
    Sorry if I made several comments, but I can’t see them, I don’t know why…

    Here is my first entry to five second project!

    http://vimeo.com/7663766

    I really enjoyed making it!

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  22. Hi Nick,
    a friend of mine pointed me to your website. Really nice stuff.

    Here is my five second project. It’s done with XSI and AfterEffects. I took the photo a while back in the Boboli Gardens in Florence.

    http://vimeo.com/7648350

    It was fun making it.

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  23. Here is my first entry, this was allot of fun, completed in a night. The image was taken last year when I took a trip in the London docklands with my girl, I used camera projection mapping, in Maya and used after effects to composite. http://vimeo.com/7683545

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  24. Hey, i gave the link in my comment previously. Sorry for my newbiness, its the first time I join: Are we supposed to upload our videos in the Vimeo channel for the “Start With A Photo” or just leave them here?

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  25. Iamyourleader

    Thanks Nick for hosting these 5 Second Projects. It’s great to see all of the different approaches people take.

    http://vimeo.com/7690288

    Comments and critiques are more than welcome.

    Cheers.

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  26. Telli

    Hi Nick! I got some problems with the compression earlier, so now here it is my project, please add it to the channel.

    http://www.vimeo.com/7678386

    Please watch it in HD, it’s so much better :)

    Thanks!

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  27. Ok, Kind of painted my self into a corner. Can anyone point me in the direction of a good tutorial for creating a equirectangular panorama? Including the stitching process. And, can it even be accomplished with a shite digi camera?

    If not it would be an awesome couple of Tuts Nick!

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  28. FINALLY, I finished the challenge this time …

    and … here it is :
    http://www.vimeo.com/7706660

    btw, thanks a lot Nick for that great project, it helps me doing some great and valuable stuff for my reel …

    thanks again, I guess I will cry from happiness :D

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  29. http://vimeo.com/7749719

    We’re going to do a lot more 5 sec projects!
    Simple shapes sounds like it’ll be a great motion series too!
    PROPS to everyone who have submitted and will submit!

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  30. This one was a combination of a number of mediums. Live model that Chris painted with acrylic paints, then we shot her in a number of different positions, chose the photo, brought it in to photoshop, then Kyle got to work in after effects and our new intern Mike did the sound design… so like 7 or so mediums to make our 5 second piece… good times!

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  31. This one was a combination of a number of mediums. Live model that Chris painted with acrylic paints, then we shot her in a number of different positions, chose the photo, brought it in to photoshop, then Kyle got to work in after effects and our new intern Mike did the sound design… so like 7 or so mediums to make our 5 second piece… good times!
    http://www.vimeo.com/7764575
    http://www.vimeo.com/7764575

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    • Looks like there was a problem uploading my video. Tried uploading a new video but now it says my time in line is almost 3 hours! I guess that’s what I get for waiting til the last minute.

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  32. (The date stamp on my submission says November 23rd, but it’s 11:19pm on November 22nd here in Kansas City)

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  33. Hi Nick,

    Here’s another last minute entry, utilizing the amazing time bender powers of Pacific time, Vancouver, where it is 10:49pm.

    Love these projects. Looks like there’s going to be an epic number of entry’s this time round.

    Finger’s crossed: http://vimeo.com/7768637

    Cheers!
    Stu

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  34. A lot of these are very good. But…

    people should not feel forced to include text saying the name of the project!

    Many of these would be far more interesting without random text popping up that has no relation to the visuals!!

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    • I totally agree, gangly. I even added a note about “try not to use the words of the theme in the video.” But, It doesn’t seem to be working. :)

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    • Mattsky

      I add my text after my 5 sec animation, so if its viewed from other sites, my name and title are visible. Not part of the actual animation though. :-)

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  35. Hey Nick,

    I’m new to 5 Second Projects and I posted my link on the Channel Shout Box. My video wasn’t added to the channel and I thought it was either because I uploaded it after midnight or that you just didn’t see it. It looks like some other people entered late last night or today, so I thought I’d post again here.

    http://www.vimeo.com/7768917

    I’ll get it in earlier next time. :)

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  36. Great site. Plenty of helpful information here. I am sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious. And of course, thank you for your effort!

    Reply

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