Kick The Bucket

June 15, 2009 - By 

UPDATE: The Deadline has passed on this Project. Thanks for all the great entries. We will announce a winner as soon as we can. Thanks again! Great work!


Welcome to an all new five second projects. This week’s theme is “Kick The Bucket.” Create a short project based on the theme and post it in the comments to be entered into the contest.

More Prizes? Holy Crap!
Yep, Enter your Five Second Project and you could win a copy of Making It Look Great 6 from Motionworks and Tim Clapham. This is a great training series that goes though an entire project workflow from Cinema 4D to After Effects.

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 June 29th

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 “Kick The Bucket” 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 here or visit the Vimeo Channel

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  • This should be fun haha.
    Great idea Nick!

    (The prize looks pretty good too =D)

  • I second that, once i saw the title, the ideas started rushing. I look forward to doing this one.

  • English is not my first language.

    Kick The Bucket is an expression used when someone dies, right?

    Can someone please explain that expression so I can know what I´m trying to achieve with my animation?

  • here is what i came up with

  • Dead Buckets here i come!

  • Joan Manuel Valdes June 18, 2009 at 7:58 am


    Great initiative! 5 sec films are superfun to make. 🙂

    Here’s my contribution!

  • Heh…
    Here is mine bucket :O)

    Hope it will finish uploading soon :O)

  • Hi Nick!

    Here is my second 5Sec Project entry:

    These 5Sec Projects are really addicting!


  • I have too much work to continue with 5 secs projects.. 🙁
    I hope to came back again!

  • i have a question :
    can we make more than one video for a theme ??
    thx for the response

  • Here’s my entry. This was great fun – my first 5 Second Challenge!

  • First timer to the 5second projects, what fun!
    Here is my entry!

  • Thanks Mr. Campbell for having these.

    Here is my entry:

  • First time I’ve got the five second project challenge with enough time left to enter!

  • And here’s my entry! Man, I love doing these things; thanks Nick!

  • Here is my first one:

    Thanks for organizing these small projects :).

  • Rickard Bengtsson June 23, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Still new to vimeo (and this site). Here’s a link to my entry it says it hasn’t started converting yet so I hope the link still works when it’s done.

  • Hi everyone ! 🙂 Here’s mine ! 😉

  • Updated ’cause I couldn’t help myself 🙂

    Yay Kick the Bucket!

  • Here’s mine,
    yet another great theme, thanks.


    my First try at “picture motion”:D

  • Here is my first ever 5 sec Animation entry…..

  • Pandering to Nick’s Chicago sensibilities with my five-second-project entry.

  • Hi,
    this is what I created:

  • First time doing one of these . . . here’s my vid:

  • I wanted to make something
    · Abstract
    · Typographic
    · with a perception-shift
    · that wasn’t about death or a literal bucket

    This is my entry for 5 second project #11.

  • this s is my effort. innit.

  • Stumbled across the podcast yesterday.

    With only days to spare, I’m honored to be able to add my vision to this eclectic group of artists. Happy to be aboard.

    Oh what fun it is to ride!

    Enjoy my story:

  • Here is my contribution to the Five Second Project. >>

    Sorry for the sappiness. It was originally supposed to be funny.

  • Hey guys,

    Sorry Nick… I tried to chop it up but the story didn’t really make sense anymore. I don’t expect to be a contender for any prizes as I am waaayyy over 5 seconds. Will try to shorten them up from now on.
    Here ya go and Thanks again.

  • Forget it. I cant figure out the problem. No widescreen… bah!

  • “It’s only a matter of time until the Angel of Death releases your soul to wander the unknown.”

  • Hi, everyone. This is my first entry. I hope you like it. Please critique!

  • So they asked me to get on the mic, and they asked me, could I kick it?

    Yes, I could.

    But 24 hours later, Vimeo still has me in line for a conversion.

    Here’s my processing vid….

    Do uploads to YouTube, MetaCafe, Smugmug or any thing else result in disqualification?

  • Hi Gorilla 😉

    Here is my entry for the 5s prjt :


    Love from France

  • Hi Nick,
    Here is our Kick the bucket Entry.
    We made it with Different colour candy and some after effects and flash.
    thank you for this competition. It was fun making this.

  • Whats up Nick,

    throwing my hat in at the
    last minute

    thanks for the contest

  • Nick,

    Waiting for Vimeo to convert.

    Will this f me up for beating the deadline?

    Much appreciated.

  • Nick,

    Great topic! Here is my take… (it should be converted by the deadline…)

  • Here’s my first entry:

    I hope it’s converted on time.

  • After 10 episodes the network decided to cancel the show…

    …apparently the hero wasn’t that cool.

    (sorry if i post it twice but i can’t see if my comment was post or not)

  • Just made the deadline for my first post. Check it out!

  • Here’s my entry:

  • Kt Isabelle Weber June 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Here’s my entry:

  • I’ve been working to tighten up my Cinema 4D chops, so here’s my entry:

    Very last minute… but hopefully west coast time still counts!

  • Hi,
    I hope it`s not too late.
    This is my first entry.
    Feel free to leave a comment.
    Here is the link to my entry:

  • Coming right up! (it’s still Monday on the west coast!)

  • Hello Nick,
    I now I missed the deadline, but I really worked hard on this project: Hope you can watch and leave a comment (maybe even put it in channel)!
    Thank you very much!

  • and one more
    still in da very bad moon :O(

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  • Years later… Gonna try doing all of the old 5SP’s before I enter the new ones.

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