September 28, 2010 - By 

Let’s stick to the basics for this one. Sometimes you can get too carried away with complex models and scenes. Let’s see what you can do when you’re limited! Primitives only with this one. If you’re animating in something other than 3D software (which is fine), then use simple shapes only.

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 “Primitives” 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, October 10th

Submissions are now closed thanks to all you participated!

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

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  • WOW… great.
    probably this will be my first 5sp 😀

  • Primitives I can do!

    I’m with Brian, might finally submit something.

  • October 10th!! woo plenty of time

  • Hey, I third that, I can do primitives

  • Ideas abound already – this should be a good one!

  • As Max Cavalera would say, Back to the Primitives!

  • nice theme, dont think i can get my projects rolled out in time to meet deadline, will try for the next one.

  • finally….right up my alley 🙂

  • I’ve been lurking for a few weeks, watching the gorilla in his natural habitat and taking notes. Time to get involved!

  • Hi Nick…
    this is somnath mandal from india.

    Is There any idea on How to create
    “Enchanted” style pop up book effect.
    Thaks for your beautiful tuts.

    • You could just use your 2d artwork and slap it on a Plane.
      To do so; create a plane in C4D. Make a new material with your artwork as an image texture (and use an alpha channel for desired transparency). Place your planes in 3d space and animate ’em in your page turn.

    • thanks Rodge.

  • I think this will be my debut:) have few ideas:) gl to all! see you on podium!

  • cant we use nurbs or cloners??

  • This will be my first. Already finished the scene and rendered out some test renders =] Now texturing and rendering.

  • I just started learning Cinema 4D about a week ago, so this will be my first 5 Second Project.. I can’t wait!!!

  • Can I use things to jazz up the primitives like a hat or other objects for instance? As long as the primitives are the main objects in the 5 sec project?

  • setting the rules to be limited is a good thing. i urge you to take it further though; like what von trier did with “five obstructions”. limiting the animation to five seconds is already one obstruction. try making more rules and conditions to really force people to get creative.

  • Can i start the animation with semi-complex models and then turn them into primitives?

  • Love to see the results on this one 🙂
    Good luck!

  • Does it need to be 5 seconds long or can it be shorter.

  • Here’s my entry for the contest . I’m learning more project after project even if it’s a slightly improvement !

  • Just wondering, once I design the animation, can I get a friend to do the music/ sound effects?


  • Ok I’m done! Submittedit and waiting for the final court:) While vimeo is converting it(shame on me, I don’t have premium account)you can watch my one at my blog

  • What an awesome theme !
    Here is my small contribution to this project :

    I would be glad to hear all your critiques.


  • Hi Nick,

    I sent you a mail…
    I ‘ve worked a lot for my first 5SP, the motion stop at 05″ but the sound design at 07″.. Is it fine ? Sorry for that, I’ve tried others things and no way it must be like this !

    Link of my 5SP-Primitives :

    Please, don’t tell me I’ve worked for nothing…


    • 5 Seconds is in the title, so 5 seconds is the max that we submit to the page. Sometimes it slips a few frames into 6, but not 7.

      It’s a really great piece, actually. But, you can cut time on it for sure. There is even some black at the end you can cut. It’s one of only two rules we have. Make an animation based on the theme, and make it 5 seconds.

      Sorry to be so strict, but it’s not fair for others that follow the rules.

      Let me know if you update it, we will add it.

  • Here’s my entry for the 5SP:

    This is my first time using C4D, and I haven’t explored the wonders of animating with moGraph yet, so I decided to build something out of primitives. Be gentle.

  • Here’s mine. There’s some really nice work been posted by people.

  • This is my first 5 Second Project! Very exciting, this was a lot of fun to make.

    Check it out:

  • I think it’s been over 48 hrs since I submitted mine but it’s not showing, here’s the link.

  • This sucks. The light just isn’t coming on for me on this one. Good theme, but not happening. Good luck, everyone!

  • I submitted before it was converted, but something went wrong, So here is my submission again, it does not work with the form. hope it gets included. Worked hard on it.

  • Loving your blog for quite a while now, so it was time to join your community with a contribution to the 5s projects.

    Do got a question, does anybody know how I can setup the perspective camera without the distortion (so that it looks like a top down view)?

  • My first time in 5SP, it was quite fun and it proved me i suck at rendering something fast.
    Really got to work on optimizing my render (maybe stop putting AA on best and still image, also maybe don’t put “256” in the sky sampler value…)

    Mine is here:

  • Cheers for the Primitives Nick.

  • Here is my entry:

    Hope you enjoy!

  • Didn’t have that much time to spend on this, but thought it’d be fun to join, so this is my first GSG contribution 🙂

  • I added my video before the deadline. but it still has not been added to the group. Also does anybody else have problems with vimeo missing out the first few frames?

  • No show at the vimeo channel, added mine half a day ago:

  • if vimeo ever decides to upload my 5sec then here is the link….(hope it meets the deadline)

  • Hi Nick, I think a tutorial about how tweak the render settings to post on Vimeo would benefit a lot of us. My stuff doesn’t look half as good as it does before uploading. Since a lot of people are joining the 5sec projects, you would have a grateful audience.

  • Check out my entry:

    hope yall like it 🙂

  • Hi all!

    Also submitted it using the entry form.
    Here is my entry:

  • Hi,

    Uploaded one also.
    But somehow it seems that it playes the mobile version, very low rez while I uploaded a Quicktime (animation, 90%) file (130mb).

    Any clue?

  • Is there still time to submit today? Do i have until midnight of sunday or are submissions closed today? Hopefully i can get mine in. Thanks

  • Finally my first time here in 5″ project.
    I hope to have more time to do better next time.
    Here the link:

  • Hi,

    I finally submitted mine!

    Every comments are welcome.

    Hope you like it!

  • Wheew! What a dangerous dance with the deadline. Hope you enjoy:

  • Hi everyone, huh, so I’ve just finished uploading my video.
    I know I’m almost late but I learned about this new 5sec project only on Friday and was away on weekend so it’s still kinda personal success I’ve managed it 😉
    Still waiting for the video to be added to the channel though.

  • My entry for Greyscalegorilla’s 5 second project :: :: hope you like it 😉

  • hi. my 5sec proj here –
    I hope it isn’t too late)))

  • I hope I still made the deadline. Low quality, but I did not account for the render time.

  • Hey guy,
    I just saw that this week’s 5 sec project is closed. I thought it was due at by the end of the day? Was that Chicago time? I’m in southern california and it’s 11:45pm October 10th here. Can I still submit this?
    … pretty please?

  • Actually had a problem with that one… but it’s fixed.

    at 11:57PM!

  • Dear Gorilla,

    my submission doesn’t appear in the vimeo channel, although I’ve delivered it in time and signed up with the entry form in this post. I’ve also sent you an email regarding this problem.

    Here’s my video:

    I would be really upset, if no one comments on my project just because of a technical error or something. 🙁

    So please add my video,
    many thanks in advance!

    best regards,
    Stefan Voigt

  • Thank you very much! 🙂
    Saved my day ^^

  • ah dammit! somehow i let this one slip past… and this would be the perfect one for me to try since im just getting into c4d =] (still gonna do it!)

  • Hi! I did submit my video on Sunday but I can’t find it linked in your Vimeo Channel… didn’t I submit it on time?¿ what’s the problem?

  • I don`t belive, just now I saw the deadline =(
    Please Nick Accept my entry please!!!

    • This is my first participation on 5SecP, If Accepted, I`ll be very happy and motivated to join the next.

    • Sorry, James. Deadlines are part of the rules and deadlines are CRITICAL in this business. Learning how to hit deadlines is one of the best things you can learn to do. It’s a great piece though. Hope to have a new theme up in a week or so. Cheers!

  • Hi, Nick))) I’m also a little bit late for this 5 sec project…I knew about deadlines, but I had some unexpectable problem with dispaying in picture viewer when was rendering…I spend 2 days for resolving this problem and certainly I missed a deadline…But however I decided to extend a little bit project and idea….

    • Great one. Sorry about the deadline, though. We will have a new theme next week I hope

    • You don’t have to sorry))) It’s my problem…I spent two days trying to find a problem(particles didn’t appeared on final render)…I read a lot articles on forums about this problem but really didn’t find anything)…It was simply just global level of details in render settings)))))))))but I had a lot of fun))))

  • Hi! I did submit my video on Sunday but I can’t find it linked in your Vimeo Channel… didn’t I submit it on time?¿ what’s the problem?
    Can anyone read my posts¿? just wondering…

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