Five Second Project – “Type Only” – Now With Prizes from Graymachine

May 15, 2009 - By 

UPDATE: The contest is closed and the winners are announced. Thanks for some really great work everybody. Our biggest turn out yet!


Oh boy, it’s the moment we have been waiting for. This week’s Five Second Project is sponsored by Graymachine. You know what that means? PRIZES! Harry has graciously offered up prizes to get you in the motion making mood. Submit your entry and Harry and I will pick a winner whose project epitomizes the theme and shows and abundance of “overall-awesomeness.” THAT winner will win our grand prize, the entire Graymachine training series, including Trapcode Form Design Techniques, Trapcode Form Training, After Effects Expressions AND, Complete Training for Trapcode Particular!

But wait… there’s more.
Thats right TWO TWO TWO chances to win. Submit your Five Second Project, prize. We will pick a random Five Second Project entry to win the Digieffects Megasuite! This includes: Aurorix, Berserk, Delirium, Damage, Depth Cue, and Simulate Iluma & Simulate Camera.

Submitters: don’t forget to add a link to this post on your Vimeo video, so everyone can play along. Please add this link to your video to keep everyone up to date with the rules and deadlines:

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. Use the theme “Type Only” 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?

Bottom line… MAKE COOL SHIT!

Need some more help getting started? Check out my After Effects and Cinema 4D tutorials. Also check out our sponsor’s tutorials at

Submit Your Entry Now…

Posted In:  Cinema 4D Motion Design
  • Hi Nick,

    Love you AE Tutorials, do you take requests? 🙂
    You’ve probably seen these guys they do some great work. I’m interested in how they make their camera moves look so convincing, the ones where the camera rapidly changes position or flies over the water quickly. Any ideas? TIA

  • sorry that was a bit off topic!

  • whats the deadline?? next Thursday?

  • Andres: The Deadline is Friday the 22nd at midnight.

  • Superman in Training May 15, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    What’s the theme? Or is it just anything using type.

  • Ohh typeface.

    Let the search begin.

    This is awesome.

  • Haha, I predicted the prize factor to sneek up into these projects. I think it’s great. I know 5 seconds was never really a set in stone length before so is that still arbitrary? 7,8,10 seconds still considered a valid entry?
    I look forward to seeing lots of folks ramp up their outputs here. You and Harry are going to have a tough time deciding on just, you can bet that.

  • Great Prices!! And I always wanted to do one of those cool type only animations. Now you gave me an awesome opportunity to make it.

  • Superman: Yeah, all projects should use ONLY type elements.

    Ryan: All animations should be close to 5 seconds. Some wiggle room is acceptable. Just keep in the spirit of SHORT projects.

  • here’s mine. first time doing the 5-second projects.

  • Keep it up everyone.

    Submissions have been awesome

    Here’s mine.

    Long live the GreyScaleMachine

  • Here’s my entry. I love this concept! 5 Second Projects is such a fantastic idea, thanks for hosting this!!

  • My first entry for the five second projects:

  • This five sec project inspiring me (and the “2do” thing), but i only have time for a still.

  • Hi Mr. Gorilla

    Here´s my first submission to the project:


    Greetings from Colombia!

  • My first time here, awesome site.

  • Looking forwared to seeing everyone’s ideas!

  • Here’s my go at the project, hope you enjoy. Please feel free to let me know what you guys and gals think.

  • Here is my first ever attempt and a ‘5 Second’ project.

  • Hi every one

    here my first five second project

  • Hello Nick, every week is my pleasure to make a video more….thank you for your idea….

  • Wow… vimeo says that in “just” 5 hours it will start converting my video… They´re screaming at us to buy a premium account.

  • Hey Nick – a question about the brief – can I include video provided its primary subject/protagonist is type? just trying to get my head around the, use type elements only, thing…

    Thank you heaps for the 5 second project series btw, awesome way to get practice and critique 🙂

  • here’s my proj: — a little bummed with the compression on this after upload but whatev. giving C4D a whirl and loving it!

  • Sure Gosia: Just make sure that all of your elements in your animation are type. If its “just” video, make sure there is something more than just raw video going on. These projects are geared toward animation. But, stop motion, puppetry and marionettes on video will be accepted. Basically, don’t just make a “youtube” video and you will be fine.

  • here is 5 sec of pure fun :O))

  • here’s my go at things……slightly long, but figured I’d throw it out there anyway. Thanks to all those crazy text message people out there that inspired it!

  • here’s my go at things… …slightly long, but figured I’d throw it out there anyway. Thanks to all those crazy text message people out there that inspired it!

  • Hi Nick,
    here’s mine !

  • Aqui esta mi video, espero les guste

  • Hi everyone
    First time in this creative game.
    Hope you’ll enjoy

  • From france…. ma participation est par là :

  • Participating for the first, but no the last time:

  • At last, vimeo converted my video. Here is the link:

  • Talking about type only…. take a look at this amazing video:

  • 5 second project May 19, 2009 at 11:29 am

    type 5 second project

  • Heres mine:

    Inspired by light drawing.

  • Hey Mister Nick, i already post my video but you forgot it…. you are victim of success…..i try another time,i erase the older adress to make changes…it’s now :

    it’s a weekly pleasure to send a video….5 seconds project is a good “challenge idea”….

  • Here’s another one from a different project I’m working on:

  • Ahora si, espero la compresion no me dañe el archivo en vimeo…hope this time you can see it…heres my animation. hope you like it

  • Raymond Castillo May 19, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    here is my entry:

  • I think I broke the rules a little bit, but the concept is centered around type more or less. I think I’ll give it another go anyhow.

  • 5 second project May 20, 2009 at 4:35 am

    five second project

  • These are great!
    Here’s mine.

  • Hello Everyone,
    I share with you; Typo-City, a city built of font.
    = )

  • Here’s mine, somewhat darker on vimeo and quality aint as great, got to do with my compression I guess, but meh.

  • Hello Nick
    why my project does not appear in the channel ?


  • Hi Nick…here goes my piece:

    have a nice day, it’s raining in Norway today, I am kinda starting to look forward to going back home 🙂 just kidding…

  • Hey Nick, Here is my second piece for Type Only…

  • Can we enter more than once?

  • Hey there, Nick,

    Here’s my offering.

    Thanks for the consistent inspiration!

  • Thanks for all the inspiration and tutorials.
    Here is my 5 sec for Type Only project.

  • Hey guys !

    Here is mine, it took some time and a lot of ‘try-and-fail’ but that’s what it’s all about right ?


  • Hello Nick, here’s my video: GSG 5 Sec. Project is great motivation!

  • more one week pleaseeee :s:s
    I had a little free time this week, 🙁
    but i have a preview for text here

    more one week and I put this online 🙂
    thks nick

    hugs man 🙂

  • Hi Nick, first time caller, first time submitter. Here’s the link

    Have a good one.

  • Hey hope im not late. Just did this last night and had a second to upload it.


  • Hope not to late, but I live in Portugal and so by my account my clock time is more or less 5 hours ahead.
    Had also some flickering problems that could not resolve in time maybe you have a hint of what the problem was in c4d render, If you have please tell. I can send the c4d file to you.

  • Hey Nick,
    Here’s my 5 second project.
    The font, the whole font, and nothing but the font.

    James Wicks
    Zfx Studios
    South Florida

  • Second entry, just for fun.

  • Hi nick,

    This is mine, Tight to the deadline i know..


  • Here’s my kick at the can. Probably too late.

  • Don’t think the last one worked.

  • Just to make sure here it is again, after making it not private…

  • How do you embed the videos on this page from Vimeo in the slideshow format? I can’t find that option in Vimeo+

  • Charley: I use the Vimeo Widgets to embed the slideshows.

  • I know this is late, but I just wanna show my 1st 5sec. project up…maybe next time for the prizes.

  • when’s the results gonna be out?

  • I’m way late on this project but I want to link it here anyways. I’m a print designer just learning AfterEffects now. Been playing and learning through these tutorials. Thanks Greyscalegorilla.

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