January 18, 2010 - By 

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 “Fail” 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 the Five Second Projects Archive to watch all of the past themes.


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. Post a link to this posts comment thread and I will add it to the Channel.
4. Deadline is Sunday January 31st

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

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  • Well, here’s another one from me… though I’m not sure if it’s worth sumbitting or not

  • There you go! Kaboom!!
    Credits to Django Reinhardt’s mashed-up MIDI track.

  • Good day! Dodn`t judge me hard, i work with C4D only 10 days. (should be converted in 2 hours)

  • Mehmet Kutlay Dede January 30, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Here is my second post.

  • Thanks again for the opportunity. Here’s my crack.

  • Here’s my first entry ever!

  • Hey, this is my first entry to the 5 second project as well.

  • Hey Nick, love your blog, thx for sharing your knowledge.

    My first entry:
    heads or tails… fails…

  • Hi everyone!

    Here is my entry to this project :

    See ya!

  • Hey Nick and guys. Here’s my entry

    Comments and critiques are more than welcome 🙂

  • here is my entry.i hope not too late.

  • Hi guys, here’s my 5 second project.

  • and my first entry to a five second project. (and my first animation with after effects)

  • Hi there,
    here is a quick last minuet fail.

  • Here’s my entry, one that we’ve all experienced once.

  • A 5 second fail can be found here:


  • Hi Y’all

    Here’s my entry:



    That’s a lot of 1’s!

  • Hi nick heres my 5 second Fail

  • Got a late start to GSG 5sec project, but this is what i came up with. Again i learned a lot!

  • Here is my entry to the fabulous five second projects.

  • Here is my (1st) entry!
    Thanks for the opportunity and inspiration.

  • Here’s my 5SP “PPV Fail”:

  • Here’s my 5SP “PPV Fail”:

  • BAM! right before deadline.

    enjoy, and please critique the hell out of me! im here to learn and improve, so let er rip!

  • Hey Nick,

    Here’s my entry. Great theme!

    Long line for conversion on Vimeo!

  • Was ill this week and hope the project gets uploaded today before it becomes tomorrow 🙂

    Funny this took longer than Five Second to do.

  • I posted my original before the deadline, but here is my real version that looks much better in HD on vimeo..


  • Hi, Nick. It’s still deadline time on the west coast. Vimeo is taking forever to convert that puppy, but it is here:

  • I have removed my video from the fail channel on vimeo by mistake…
    Could you re-add it?


    Sorry about that…

  • Hey Nick,

    check out my attempt:

  • 5 Second Fail….Didnt realize the deadline was a few days ago. i guess i fail. 😉

  • Did anyone else’s video come out much darker than it should have from the vimeo upload? Mine did, thats strange…..

    • coming from Mac and used QT Mov for upload?

      If so search ‘Quicktime Gamma Shift’ for the phenomenon, many linux and win based encoders try to ignore the MacOS 1.8 Gamma (Snow Leo uses 2.2 now) or even make it worse.

  • Hy Nick, i know that the deadline is already crossed…but it takes too long to render the scene.

    Here is my short animation…

  • Guys, please, could anyone say something about this piece of mine? That’s my first animation and I’d like to hear some constructive critisism, like was the melting effect okay for the first time etc

    pls, tell me!
    both good and bad comments are welcome!

  • i think the winner should recieve your photoshop training for free. 🙂

  • sorry for the dealine…just want to try this 5SP : )
    Her is my video :

  • here is mine! i hope the 5sec. project still running

  • Can’t wait for the god damn results !!
    Any idea when this might be?!

  • when’s next 5secproj going to start?

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