January 16, 2012 - By 

What Are Five Second Projects?
We all want to make original work for our demo reel or portfolio. But, sometimes you just need a theme to get you started… Some rules to fight against. Here is your chance. Use the theme “Pinball” (Sorry, I’m obsessed) 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 and winners.

Watch a Video about the rules
1. Submissions must be Five Seconds Long!
2. Any 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?
Watch The Video about why to 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. (Submissions can take up to 48 hours to be added to the project.)
4. Deadline is Sunday, January 29th.

SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED. Thanks for entering.

Now What?
Watch all the entries at the vimeo channel, or check out old Five Second Projects in the FiveSecondProjects Archive

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  • figured this would be one of the 5 second projects eventually. Good luck kiddos

  • Hey nick great idea…..iam gona spare time for this one,check out this user…i know you like your pinball πŸ™‚

  • Let the retro Sesame Street references begin…

  • I’m gonna give this one a shot Nick, I have some time this week. I don’t share this particular passion of you, so I’ll try to find my own angle to it πŸ˜‰

    Have fun everyone. Make it grand.



  • Bah, as normal I won’t have time to enter, but i did render out a still for “pinball”.
    I’m Hilarious.

  • you are obsessed with pinball, Nick!
    I still gotta learn a lot from you guyz so gonna watch for some more time before jumping in these

  • :O Nooo I have exams next week, there is no way I’ll be able to meet the deadline :(…..but I’m giving it a go anyways this will be a fun project πŸ™‚

  • I won’t be able to do this one, but someone should make a dubstep pinball machine πŸ™‚

  • Had to miss the last two but I have enough free time to enter again, this is one of the best themes so far I think!

  • Can’t wait to see the results of this 5 second project. I recently made this video about a collector here in DC who owns over 900 machines and opened a museum. I’ll have to email him the finished videos.

  • Hello.
    This is my project for this challenge
    “Our world…according to GSG.”

    Leave comments and/or Like for future improvements.Thanks.(From France)

  • Had some spare time. Here’s my first ever entry into the 5 sec competitions:

  • Looking forward to these entries. Unfortunately I have another big pinball project to work on πŸ˜‰

  • Super new at C4D but decided to give it a shot anyways πŸ™‚
    Here’s my entry:

  • I’m not seeing a deadline. Where should I look to find this ultra critical piece of information?

    • Oi, never-mind the blind man who posted that last comment on my behalf. He has been fully reprimanded, and shall not annoy us a second time.

  • Heres my entry, inspired by Paul Clements mindblowing headphone spot.

    • Hi Mark, really like the 5 seconds. Can you please help, I must be losing my mind but how do you create the effect right at the start? The building of the stem its used loads in the Paul Clements spot i just can not work it out.

  • Hi Nick check out this pinball animation got a tutorial all over it.

  • Quick little thing, mainly using Alchemy:

  • Hi !

    Here is my little contribution :

    Thx !

  • I submitted bad link. Im a epitome of a beginner. I had fun though. My simple flash project. I cant wait to learn more programs and merge techniques. Learning the basics.

  • Hi!

    This is my first project submitted to Five Second Project:

    BTW. this is my first animation rendered in Cinema using only illuminating materials. I’ve faced so many problems with render due to extreme blotches. Firstly the whole scene was in bright and dark spots, than I’ve changed GI to IR + QMC (full animation). It was a bit better, but i had 5 good frames and than one blotchy. Finally I’ve increased Stochastic Samples sample count to 1600 and decreased accuracy to 40% and I was hardly acceptable. I’ve also noticed that when I’ve increased diffuse depth to 3-4 it was a bit better. After all it took 24h to render all this(5sec = 30frames/sec in 1024x768px)…
    Is there another way to get rid of blotches without increasing render time by 8 times? Any ideas? Did any of you faced the same problem?

  • I’ve never done anything like this before… I rarely have time to make any animations that aren’t for work… though I only had 2.5 hours to get this done, Really basic but I’m still kinda happy with it πŸ™‚

  • Dear Nick. I know you play drums too, so I’m kind of making a fusion of your two obsessions πŸ˜‰


    My first five seconds submission. I took the pinball theme and designed a few logos (in illustrator) that you typically have in a game and made them fly around in after effects and cinema 4d. The idea in others words visualize a pinball game in 5 seconds using type and sound.

    Good fun!

    Sounds sampled from Time fantasy pinball game. Babelutte

  • Love this kind of projects!
    I wanted to know how a pinball ball feels in a pinball machine – so I simulated it πŸ™‚

  • greetings mi family from the warm parts of the earth JAMAICA :).
    I saw ur love for Pinball and how much love doing wat u do, i truly admire that, keep up the great work Nick.

    this is my first ever entry for ur 5 second competition of it stands out

    one love. from the yard

  • Hi guys,
    Uff! it’s almost 4 in the morning here!
    This is my first 5′ piece ever too, I decided to make a homage to one of my favourite pinball machines, Bally’s Theatre of Magic (TOM)…., I went a bit crazy on this, and modeled the full cabinet from scratch…, it’s kinda of a promo of this beautyful table…, wish I had more time, cos’ had to render it without global illumination, πŸ™ , otherwise render time was a fuc*** whole week waiting on my i7 macbook pro…, it is just a C4D standard render, so no super-glossy reflections on glass and pinballs etc…,, luky I use GSG HDR studio though…! πŸ™‚

    hope u like it!

    The Theatre awaits!


  • still amateur….looking forward to learn new tricks……
    my attempt

  • Hope I still can submit. It’s 10pm over here in Vancouver. Rushed it near the end and didn’t leave enough time for comping, but that’s the point of it…right?

  • here’s my entry. 3rd attempt at posting on this forum…

  • who needs dynamics? manual ball animations. good exercise.

  • Challanging theme! A little late, but fun project.

  • Cutting it close, lot’s o’ fun though. SO many great submissions! Thanks for putting these on, Nick! πŸ™‚

  • I hope its not too late! =(

    This is my entry πŸ˜€

  • I had to post my projectlink into the comments? πŸ™

  • Hi,
    I submitted my video on Saturday evening (here in Brussels, Belgium) as it don’t appear on the vimeo channel and to be sure, here is the URL:

  • Same here subscribed and posted my vid yesterday but don’t see it… let’s wait a little more here the link again just to be sure… : .peace

  • I also submitted my video on Saturday night but am not seeing it on the channel yet? I’ll paste my link here also in hopes one of them works?

  • I submitted it 2 Days ago. Just to get some attention & feedback!

    Check it out


  • I inoportunely removed my video from your channel “Five Seconde Project – “Pinball””.
    Is it possible to re-add it to this channel ?
    Here is the link of my video :

  • That is a very good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate information… Thank you for sharing this one. A must read post!

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