Modern Monkey and Goodnight

August 24, 2009 - By 


New To FiveSecondProjects… Photos!
Finally, I added a photo section of the Five Second Project for all you photographers. I am using Flickr group to aggregate all of the submissions to the project. Head on over to the Flickr Group and submit your entry. Bare with us as we figure out more of the specifics of how the photography work will be displayed. Yeah, I know that FiveSeconds doesn’t make sense for photography, but the idea is the same. Create an image based on the theme. This will get better and better, I swear. Keep in mind that only new photos taken especially for the project should be included in the group. DO NOT add old work. This should be an excuse to get out and shoot NEW photos based on the theme.

Why Should You Enter? Check out the video…

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 September 7th

How Do I Enter my Photo?

  • 1. Create a image based on the theme.
  • 2. Upload your photo to flickr and add it to the group. Don’t forget to add a link back to this blog post.
  • 4. Deadline is September 7th

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 “Modern Monkey” 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.

Photographers, use the theme, “Goodnight” to go shoot a photo. Link it in the Flickr group.

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? One more thing, try to tell your story without just putting “Modern Monkey” on the screen in text. Use the theme to create a concept. Take control of your creative output and Make Cool Shit!

Check out the entries here or visit the Vimeo Channel or Flickr Group

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  • great idea for a theme. im gonna really need to think on this… i wonder how many people will animate a monkey in a suit lol

  • Does this idea have anything to do with “How to Draw Your Name in Photoshop?” Because that would be amazing.

  • photo themes have to be shot by a camera or can be a draw made all with photoshop?

  • gorilla man, what bout all the promised tutorials teaching the techniques used in the conan obrien’s opening?

    • Tuesdays is usually when he does his Tuts. Give him a little break man. It looks to be a one man show. He’s got a full time design job, a website(s)( which in itself is a lot of work for updating content ),DVD thingy, life, so forth. We don’t want the Gorilla to be burnt out. Just be patient. By the way your name is making me hungry:)

    • on major rule in free tutorials: no begging!

      go try figure out for yourself how the opening could be achieved and see how far or close you’ve been after watching the oncoming tutorial.

      real life experience is the best teacher.

    • Those are definitely coming up soon Cookiedough. Stay tuned.

      • all cool. your site is so cool that people are volunteering to be your defense attornies, they’re convincing too.
        trust me, ill be tuned 🙂
        all the best.

  • Should be some good ones this time, oh nick ignore the question in the email about changing materials over time in cinema. Didn’t have it near me, just opened it up and looked at the texture tag with a keyframe-able property. Doh.

  • Skinny Fatone…..your great. I have visited all tut sites and you for lack of a better comparison are the Leo Laporte of tuts….I need help in everything so I go too who knows. If i could just find a grammar coach….yes I did call you skinny Joey Fatone.

  • Hey guys! Check out mine and let me know what you think. Thanks 🙂

  • Here is my version of the Five Second Project “Modern Monkey”. Hope you all enjoy. This is my first submission but will not be my last.

  • Some of that ol’ fashion “monkeyshine”:

  • sounds good!

    Just thought you might find this interesting too, flickr blog today was:

    go figure…

  • Hey man,

    I did this in my own time and way later than the deadline. I was going to meet it, but then got busy with some work, but thought I’d share it with you anyway (inspired by the kick the bucket theme):

  • Here is my link to the five second project

  • My last submission that I posted previously in this thread had an upload error when I tried to change the video due to a glitch at the end which I later found out is common on Vimeo.

    So here is the link to my new nideo for the Modern Monkey Theme:

  • @ Chris Hamilton, your submission is real good but it seems a little racial doesn’t it? I mean considering that we black people have been called monkeys and also invented hip hop…it appears your subconscious came through in your animation.

    • I don’t see your point Tyrelle. I don’t see a hint of negativity. Tread lightly here. Be careful and explicit when accusing people.

      • I’m black so my perception is different from yours. I have been called a monkey on the internet by racist whites and I have also been accused of being a good hip hop star just because I’m black. These are stereotypes associated with us and as you can see that I wasn’t disrespectful I was just pointing out to Chris that he might want to be more cognizant of what he does in the future because some people can find offense in the smallest things. I saw an animation once where a load of poo fell on a white guy. Once the poo landed on him he turned black.

        • I guess the better question is why did Chris feel that a modern monkey equaled hip hop. As opposed to a more traditional monkey that does jazz? Like I said his animation is good but having been called a monkey a thousand times online and also being accuse of being a rapper it did make me pause.

        • i think Tyrelle u looking into to this wayy too deep, I understand being critical of somethings and deconstructing the world around us, but honestly maybe the kid (Chris Hamilton) is just a big Hip Hop fan and that’s what he came up with, the fact that black ppl started hip hop and have been referred to a “monkeys” doesn’t mean that his video subconsciously calls black people monkeys. If u think about it constantly and look for those kind of things constantly you will find whether there really there or not.

          Plus if some body was watchin that and got that out of it, I’d say there prolly a closed minded person and theyd find something racially negative regardless.

        • and Im black also and have been called many things so I can relate

        • not that your skin color should matter

  • TJ your entry was pretty funny.

  • Monkey tries to evolve a bit too hard…

  • Here’s mine. Thanks Nick.

  • I’m having a hard time picking what picture to use as my submission. Can you guys help me out?

  • Richard Blackburn August 31, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Here is a link to my entry


  • A photo entry:

    It’s based on the lyrics of one of my favourite songs.

  • OOPSIES! I made this “Goodnight” entry before I read that it’s only for actual photographs and not just graphics. Sorry guys.

  • Just updated mine with a couple of tighter shots as recommended, what do you think? (same link, don’t need to update anything your end…

  • Here is my entry for “modern Monkey”:

  • My animation is here

  • here is a “pretty” modern monkey:
    (ok I know.. I used some wiggle..hmm and keyframe-interpolation..hmm..and my excuse is the “not much time”-one,but I will try harder the next time 🙂 and still there are a few keyframes in this one..)

  • Here is my modern monkey waking up dreading his day at work.

  • Here’s my Modern Monkey having a real Modern Moment

  • I left a link to my Modern Monkey project here yesterday, now its dissappeared. Hmmmm….

  • Here’s my toy monkey :] Thanks Nick!

  • the monkeys in their heyday.

  • Finally!! My first entry!! 😀 Hope you guys like it, I think it came out pretty good!! Remember Shaft?? 😉

  • This is my first video for the 5sProject. It’s a very cool idea! I love your blog!


    Decided to spend an afternoon to build my first entry. Thanks for doing this Nick!

  • Tried some live action with my sock monkey- it was fun!

  • My animation´s here, my first entry also!


  • Love this, here’s mine! feedback appreciated

  • Here’s mine

  • My first time doing a Five Second Projects.

  • Here’s my mokney,

  • Here’s my wise monkey :O)
    All the best, Bu

  • I’m going post my entry tomorrow

  • Lovin’ those opposable thumbs –

  • Ola!
    this is my video, check_it out and tell me about it!

  • Hey Gorilla.
    Vimeo jacked my sound

    Not happy but here you go and thanks alot!

  • Hi there…check out my entry..thanks, hope to hear some feedbacks…

  • My second participation. Modern monkey as we all know him 🙂

  • Hi CSG::fsp::Modern Monkey

    My collaboration:


  • Here is my modern monkey.
    Thanks so much.

  • (My previous comment may have disappeared…hmmm….odd.)
    Anyway, here is my Modern Monkey:

    Thanks so much!

  • I making the render …

  • Mine :

    I hope it will be accepted even if we’re 8th, i put a lot of effort into the making. 🙂

  • Hi, I believe I may have had my monkey video setup as private on Vimeo, but I’ve changed the settings now.

  • I made it 6 seconds just to be sure all is seen, sorry.

    Thanks for watching

  • Hey!

    i’m following gsg since a while now, and finaly made my self to entry one of the projects.

    i was asking myself if it’s possible to enter 2 pics ?
    (i’m shure you mentioned it somewhere how many entrys are allowed but i thougt i’ll ask. hehe)

    so here are my links:

  • Here’s mine:

    hope it is not toooo late 😉

  • New Settings (thanks Rachel!)

  • Hi Nick !

    I know it’s a little bit too late, i know this is a kind of draft work… But …
    Yesterday, i discovered an AE script that allow to put IK within After Effects, and i was so excited with that, that i decided to make a little animation. And what more fun than a monkey to begin with ??


    I know Im too late but thought I’d send it anyway. Thanxs

  • Here’s my Modern Monkey Project
    it’s too late, I post on september 7 in vimeo but not here.

  • Thomas the Solitary September 9, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Nick – please continue with the photo contest. I meant to enter, but I missed my one opportunity to take the shot. My camera was… well, out of reach. Thanks for the idea.

  • Not sure if you were supposed to just post here or you just haven’t had time to add the videos from the other post (the midpoint one).

    I’m posting mine again here to be sure it gets added to the full playlist or whatever it is with all entries.

  • when do we find out the weiners?

    • Everyone is a weiner when it comes to FiveSecondProject. I may do a best of post soon. There are no official winners when there are no prizes. The next one should be ready Monday.

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