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 startedโ€ฆ 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 postโ€™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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  • I’m definatly in again! Love the theme!

  • Haha! great theme! I’ll see if I can get round to submitting something to this

  • didn’t take a lot of frames…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hey Nick!
    How do you earn your money?
    I thought you no longer work at DK?
    So, do you freelance?
    How do you find the time to blog, do tuts, make apps, etc. and make money to pay your bills?
    C’mon man, spill the beans.
    What’s yer secret?


  • Awesome theme!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Haha awesome theme.
    Hammering through this test filled week of school then it’s After effects time!

  • Great theme for my first 5s project. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 5 second epic fail walking cell phone robot using only mo2 dynamics and some xpresso.(cellphones are from maxon library)

    my submission:


  • Yo Nick , should I make a new entry project ?
    I used the destruction tut that you posted before . ๐Ÿ™

    rules :
    !!!4. -ORIGINAL WORK ONLY-. Donโ€™t cut out 5 seconds of already made work.!!!

  • Hi Nick,
    Great theme. Here’s my entry

  • Sorry, posted an incorrect link. The link for my video is

  • OT: Nick or Anyone know of a script/plugin for AE that allows you to make your video change from pixels to letters? Here’s are some examples. Note this site does it on the fly.

    MAKE SURE TO CLICK “SIMPLE ASCII” it looks better.

    You can do this with any vimeo videos. It really works great for those simple motion graphics. I’d like to do something like that.

  • the theme is really great ๐Ÿ™‚
    here is mine: my computer is such a fail that I can`t do any of the projects :D:D:D:D


    not sure why it didn’t post the first time… hopefully this doesn’t double up


  • Here’s my first submission ever. Hope it floats.

  • Oh man.. this is going to be hilarious…

  • Love your site, been following it for a while, here is my first submission, hopefully it doesn’t suck too much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Well… took 7 & 1/2 hours, but I finally finished it…

    Making of compressed into 1 minute here (

  • Hey Guys my first “character” animation with the theme: Fail

    Cheers Nick, love your sharing!

  • Here it is, I failed as hard as I could on this one.

  • Long time seeing, first time writing ๐Ÿ™‚
    Here’s my first try :
    I already know it sucks but i just wanted to participate ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This is my first submission.

  • Hey! This is my first entry ever ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Here is my entry:


  • Heya! here’s mine…

    Only discovered this blog a week or so ago, great resource ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 5 second FAIL project –

    Your blog great! keep it up

  • Recently discovered this website and love it.

    Here’s my submission.

    It beats going outside in a Minnesota winter. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Here is my first entry. Looking forward to doing more =)

    Keep up the good work Nick!

  • My first ever entry to the 5SP projects

  • Great Site Nick, thanks for all the tutes. First entry here…

  • My first entry for “fail”. Actually second, the other one is just taking longer to finish so did this one as a break.

  • Nick, I’m sorry. I had to re-upload my entry ’cause it had no audio. I hope it’s OK.

  • A failed contribution from my side.Keep rocking Fellows.
    Good theme Nick.Loved doing it.

  • Here’s a remake of my submission, for the best i suppose ๐Ÿ™‚
    (I don’t want to make a double submission, just wanted to share it and receive meaningful feedback)

  • Hey guys, here’s my part of failure ๐Ÿ™‚
    I just love these FSPs…

    The video compression of Vimeo had no mercy this time.

  • Hello Nick ! My 5 Second Project…

  • Hey, Nick! Here’s my failure! I’m liking the 5 sec projects!

  • hey nick…
    here’s mine

  • Finally done with my 2nd entry. I think I pushed ae to the limit, at least for my machine. It was impossible to work with towards the end.
    For more info check the description on vimeo

  • Hi Nick. This is my first 5 second project and it will not be last i learned so much doing this. I love Photoshop and AF.

    my project:


  • hi.

    I had a problem with my first file on vimeo so i had to re-upload and this is the link to the real project.

    my project:


  • Here’s mine! Hope you enjoy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Here is my Penguin Party Fail.

  • Hey Nick
    Sorry for the second post but I think you missed mine when you were adding them to the Vimeo channel


  • Hi Nick! Hereยดs my very artesanal entry:

    Great theme. Hope you like it.

  • MEHMET KUTLAY DEDE January 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Here is my entry for the FAIL theme.
    Enjoy it

  • Mehmet Kutlay Dede January 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Here is my updated entry for the FAIL theme.
    Enjoy it.

  • Been meaning to do one of these for awhile. You’re website has provided me with a lot of great information and advice. Thanks!

  • Hey Nick… here is my entry for the FiveSecond Projects: GreyFail Gorilla. Don’t take it personal… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi NICK, this is ma first entry into d 5 seconds Project. LETS GO THERE

  • I’m also a GSG 5sec Project virgin, hope you like my attempt!


  • Hi, here’s my entry –
    be gentle with critique pls ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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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