October 27, 2010 - By 

Spooooooooooky!!!! What is the last thing you want to see crawling out of your closet at night? What are you afraid of? Freak me out, will ya?

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 “Nightmare” to make a five second motion piece and enter it into the form below. If your new to five second projects, why not check out the Five Second Projects Archive to see 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. Submit your link to the form below and I will add it to the channel

4. Deadline is Sunday, November 7th

Submissions are now closed. Thanks to all who entered!

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

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  • I hope I can find some spare time to work on this one! 🙂
    Good luck everyone!

  • Hell Yes!
    Makes me think of my vampire from last year who sadly died along with one of my harddrives..

  • MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

  • great theme nick, will try and find time for this one.

  • Great theme. Might try to do an entry for this one, time permitting.

  • Aw crap, I have no time for this, unfortunately. But these projects are very clever. Thanks!

  • YES! Now I actually have to spend some quality time instead of rushing stuff within a day.

    Difficult theme, but only makes it more fun to get my creative juices flowing 😀

  • Woot I’ve been waiting to do a new one!

  • Starting to work on mine now. This is my first time entering, I’m excited!

  • Sometimes I have a really hard time processing ideas or coming up with stuff. Whats your way around this, Nick? Tutorial on the evolution of an idea maybe? haha

  • A vampire…
    A werewolf…
    I love them both, but only have time to animate one of them…
    Maybe I’ll figure it out in the next episode…

  • No shrinks allowed! 😀

  • Mine hasn’t been add yet, if it’s a little too dark, let me know and I’ll summit another one:)

  • Just finished mine. Worked a bunch on it but it wound up being sort of abstract and I think the edits are too quick. Oh well. Fun theme!!!

  • Just finished it, whew.

    Learned a lot trying to get cloth, rigging, fluid dynamics, and particles working together!


  • just uploaded my first entry “a dream come true” here:

    probably (and hopefully 😉 ) more witty than creepy, but i hope it fits the topic anyway. i’m looking forward to hear your feedback. 🙂

  • This is the first time that i post something

  • Hey, a stupid question here, it’s my first time on a contest like that.
    Deadline Sunday means that all entries after Saturday midnight will be out?
    Or I could post my vimeo on Sunday evening?
    Can someone explain?
    I’m doing my best be able to enter. Thanx.

  • Tried a little mix of the 5D Mark II, motion tracking, and Cinema 4D. –

  • I uploaded my first ever 5 second project. Love the theme and really enjoyed making it. Also the first time I’ve used after effects too. Only thing is the sound changed from my other laptop when I uploaded it so it sounds totally different now. Looking forward to the next theme though.

  • Ummm…this might be a n00b question, but is the deadline 11:59PM Sunday? I wasn’t too sure so I submitted what I had:
    If so, then I’ll re-submit with a more polished version before that time under the same link! Thanks!

  • upload finished.
    Love watching your videos Nick. It’s such fun – thanks a lot.

  • Here is my first contributions too.

  • I gave it a try.
    Here’s my first contribution also.

    take care.

  • Roberto Carbonell November 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    My entry :

    Thank you all

  • Just in time.

    Cheers and great entries everyone!

  • For your enjoyment…

    Thanks for watching!

  • Okie dokie! Just in time! The final version is up: Good Luck everyone!

  • the real nightmare is when SoundBooth keeps on closing for no apparent reason, but here’s my submission too:

    wish it was a 10 sec project 😉

  • not paranormal this time i promise


  • johannes eriksson November 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Ok, I know my submission is a bit late but I thought I’d post it anyway. 🙂

  • Too late but here it is.
    Aargh the compression..

  • I got it ready in time but I forgot to upload it properly. My fault.

    This time it was triky. A five second nightmare is a very short nightmare.

    Check it if you like, guys.

  • Can I simply just say what a relief to uncover somebody that actually knows what they are discussing on the web. You certainly realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important. A lot more people really need to check this out and understand this side of the story. I was surprised you’re not more popular because you most certainly have the gift.

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