Five Second Project – “Old Video Games”

June 29, 2009 - By 


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 at the Vimeo Channel

  • Awesome theme this around Nick!

  • Awesome theme Nick!

  • Great theme!
    Going back when i was six.

  • It’s on like Donkey Kong.

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

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

  • we will see a lot of donkey kongs … 🙂

  • 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.

  • man I am so stoked for this!

  • 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

  • great idea, i’m on.

  • 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 😛

  • By coincidence, Kotaku posted some stop motion lego animations of arcade classics!–lego-frogger

  • 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)

  • 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.


    Awsome Theme. can’t wait to see what people come up with.

  • Thanks again Nick, for your help and inspiration! Here is my submission…

  • i predict we will see a lot of bad/old TV effects.

  • Still waiting for Vimeo to convert my video. I have been waiting for 17 hours 🙁

  • heres my link and entry to this awesome comp. This is my lo res homage to a mispent youth, thinking that I was fighting off a alien horde…

    Please enjoy


    Still waiting for the upload to finish,

  • Dear Gorilla
    here’s my submisson for the “5 Second Project”

    have a nice day

  • my humble salute to the invader nation

  • Here it is ==>

    Thank you mister Gorilla ^^ =)

  • Nice theme:O)
    Here is my 5sec:O)

  • I like your vdo’s very much. This is my first Entry in 5 Sec project. It took around 5 hrs with out any 3rd party plugins.Anyways here is the link


    My 5 seconds …
    The idea was to maintain the über-minimal look of Pong.

  • here is my 5 sec. project!

  • 2 days waiting on Vimeo, starting to think about getting a plus account

  • 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.


  • Jonathan Jones July 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    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)

  • hey guys,
    here’s my entry:

    have fun

  • This is my entry for the “Old Video Games” theme.


  • Hey thanks. Here is my entry:

    Feedback welcome. I want to learn. Hammer me.


    My submission for Auld Skool Video Games! 😉

  • Here is my little contribution to that contest :

  • i am a newb but i think this contest may be used to me as positive criticism

    vidéo ->

    sorry for my french english 🙂

  • sorry maybe i comment 2 times i don’t know, but anyway
    here the link of my project

    please i want critics ! 🙂

    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!

  • Here´s my submission

    cheers nick…

  • My entry:

    Fun, fun fun. 🙂

  • Nick, I failed on the time limit but hopefully met the other requirements. 🙂

  • LCD meets LED in my latest 5 second offering.

  • Finally (made a .mov, and it was online in 20 min)

  • Rickard Bengtsson July 6, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Dunno what happened to the aspect ratio but whatever, it works.
    Sorry Ninetondo fans but Mario wouldn’t stand a chance 😀

  • MY entry for the videogame: Attack of the Tetris

  • Thanks for such a great project.

    Be gentle with the critique 🙂

  • Jonathan Jones July 6, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Finally got my video to work, lots of issues with vimeo with my video not converting.

    Here is the new link ty

  • 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…


  • I just finished my 5 sec entry – it’s my first participation^^

  • Yo Nick,

    thats my entry:

    Greets from Hannover / Germany

  • Here is my own entry-
    “Nostalgia Complete” a nod to Tetris, complete with the Gotham font.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Here’s my entry…had a blast making this one 🙂 Let me know what you think.

  • I LOVE this theme

    some great work coming through..

    Unfortunately I don’t have time to make an entry 🙁

    This is the nearest animation I’ve ever made that is kinda like a video game ?!

    Well done everyone, some awesome work here.

  • Here’s my submission:

    Thanks Nick!

  • five second project – made in five seconds at work 🙂 old game project /

    Greetings from POLAND!


  • Hey !

    Thanks for all the good stuff , here’s my entry :

    Greets from France !

  • This is an awesome idea, perfect motivation learn new stuff try out ideas.

  • Justin Koppstein July 9, 2009 at 10:55 am

    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.


  • 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.

  • Hi Gorilla,

    this is my 5 second contribution;

    thanks for the cool theme 🙂


  • 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.

  • Hey here is my 5 second project…Hope you’ll like it!

  • Here is my entry. Thanks for turning me on to Universal Everything. They do some amazing work.

  • Hey Greyscale.
    Here is my submission – .

    Also, maybe a bit irrelevant but a link to the breakdown – .


  • 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.

  • Here is my cool shit:
    It was made on Flint.
    Try to use your 3D glasses to have a real
    experience. :0)

  • Hey Nick!

    Just finished my project


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

  • Yo Nick,

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

    Cheers, Tobi

  • Hi Nick!

    Here is my entry:


    Hope to get some comments!

    Video will take 2 hours to convert it =(

    You can check it at youtube till then:

  • Hi !

    I just uploaded mine.
    First video for the 5 Second Project !

    Watch it, critic hardly ^^


  • 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 😉 ).

  • Here’s my humble submission. One of my first attempts of animation or motion design in after effects. Later.

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


  • Nick,

    I love the 5-second ideas, thanks
    Here’s my entry!

  • 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.

  • Hi Nick, i still can’t see my project on the channel. Could you please get me in:

  • Hiya, here’s my entry!

  • Omg huge participitation in here 😀

    here’s my contribution:

    hit me up with the criticism ! 🙂

  • Hey guys,

    Here’s my entry :

    A lot of cool stuff entered this time around. Roll on next week 🙂



  • Here’s my entry please add

  • hi everyone, here the link to my first ever 5 second project

  • Here is my animation.

  • Hi Nick,

    You haven`t posted my animation on the vimeo channel yet. I upleaded on friday.

    Here´s the link:

  • first time poster here…loving this site.

  • here is my first 5 second entry:

    Beeps and blibs for the 5 second animation competition.

  • 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!


  • Ah i just realized that i didnt add the appropriate links to my video,

  • oops, i fucked up the proper comment posting 😡

    here my contribution:

  • Awesome theme! Here’s mine.

  • Hello Nick,

    Here is my link. I hope have come in time.


  • enjoy the site, keep it up. finally had time to partake

  • Hey!
    Was psyched about this theme!
    Looks like I’m getting in just under the gun.
    Here is my entry:

  • First time messing with Dynamics, so it’s a little, uh, unpredictable 🙂

  • My FIRST 5 second Project… yay.
    Just read an animation book and thought I’d try out a few things.


  • Simple and stupid.
    Here it is:

  • Hi

    I think you forgot mine.

    Here it is ==>
    I left a first comment on July 11

  • I think you guys may like it :O)))

  • There is no winner to this challenge?

  • Atari Pitfall!

    btw, do any of you know where i can find a free and decent atari pitfall game to embed onto my site?


  • 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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  • Hi,

    Here is my little contribution :


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