Summer In Space

July 14, 2009 - By 


Welcome to an all new five second projects. This week’s theme is “Summer In Space.” What could be better than a cannonball splash in zero gravity? Or, what about a hotdog on the moon? Create a short project based on the theme and post it in the comments to be entered into the contest.

Why Should You Enter? Check out the video…

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 July 27th

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 “Summer In Space” 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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  • Aarrgghh! I was hoping the next one WOULDN’T be cool so I wouldn’t feel compelled to participate. Dang you, Nick.

  • hmmmmm….i think i have an idea.

  • Here is my link. I was bored today…haha

    It says it has about 30 minutes left to fully upload. So no rush.

  • ok. that theme is, frankly, rad.

  • From Colombia, this is my first FSP, i made it with AE… refreshing,



    fully uploaded in about 30 minutes from now 🙂


    Mine over there. It’ll be converted in 50 minutes 🙂

  • Got an awesome idea, now I just need to find the time 😛

    Nice entries so far 🙂

  • Here’s my submission.
    Thanks a lot.

  • Justin Koppstein July 15, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    heres my entry.

    First time completing something in 3ds max.

    Made in 3ds max and after effects




    I’m getting good at Illustrator, not much AE 😛

  • Good entries so far!

    Looking at the pile of sheets full of sketches on my desk, I can say that the concept phase is pretty much finished for this FSP. I even made a mini story board!

    I’ll get some time tomorrow to draw the character in photoshop.

    This time I want to learn to do some lipsynch in AE with time remapping (a technique I saw at creativecow).

    While I’m in AE, I’ll also use the IK puppet technique I learned last week for the video games FSP.

    I’m really exited about this one.
    These projects are such a great idea.

    Thanks Nick!

  • does my video have to be a certain size (1024×720, 720×480, etc.) or can it be whatever? this is probably a really dumb question but i figured i’d ask.


    Didn’t use any new tools, but I’ve been trying to get better at animation theory, and using curves and stuff.


    My First Round, really great Idea the 5 Second Thing. Love it !

    30 minutes to go

  • Thanks for the project! Let the magma flow…

  • This is my first video in 5second project.

  • Hi!
    There’s my entry for this five second project.

    Thank you Nick for help us to get better and better with those project’s!

  • This jumping guy is actually me

  • Sorrry, forgot the Vimeo link.

    Summer Time!

  • My first 5 Second Project entry. Man those 5 seconds happen real quick, learned a lot about how the Aux System works with Particular though.

  • Here is mine, i’m completely new to after effects but had a lot of fun 😀

  • That was fun. My first Five Second Project:

  • Hey Dennis – tried to watch your video but it’s set to Private, may want to fix that. 😉

  • Anthony Marzilli July 20, 2009 at 9:46 am

    My first submission. Nick… you’re a good man for all that you do.


    Here’s one

    Thanks Nick

  • Rickard Bengtsson July 20, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    A spaceman sees some planets on vacation

    Thanks for the inspiration man!

  • Hey guys.
    Here is my entry

  • I love your work here so i thought i would make one!! and thanks for all your help on this website!!! so here it is–

    Tell me what you think but remember that i am 16.


  • Hi, here’s my entry, “Thus Spake Havaiana”:

    Thanks! Ian

  • Thanks for the motivation, Love the videos! Here’s my five second contribution, laws of physics be damned…

  • My first entry 🙂 I will be participating in upcoming themes too. Thank you!

  • Here it is!

    It’s more of a ten second project though 🙂 Five second was too quick for it.

  • Spencer Burnside July 23, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Here’s my link. Thanks!

  • Here is my entry link!!

    I tried to make it 5 seconds but it felt better at 7 seconds.

  • I´ll do my 5 second projet the next time. I did not know about this. I think this is interesting.

  • Just posted my first 5 second project and had lots of fun making it! See link below.

  • hey nick,
    keep up the nice work!

    my video:

  • My first 5 second project, It was fun:

    Thanks for taking the time to set up and maintain such a cool creative outlet and inspirational source. I was wondering how many seconds is too many seconds?

    • I think people should shoot for exactly Five Seconds. The more boundaries, the better for these type of fast projects. If you HAVE to make it longer though… Keep it under 8 seconds please. Cheers!

  • Hey Nick, I’ve been wanting to do one of these and finally decided to through a spur of the moment type thing. This is my entry, hope you guys like it.

  • Here is my entry – fun to participate

  • great theme to try some things out. here’s the link…

  • Hey Nick!
    Here is my first entry. Heavy week on AE :)hope you’ll like it!

  • It was a lot of fun! I love your straight-forward communication style. Your simplicity is inspiring. Thanks. Keep up the good work. Here’s my entry:

  • This is my first entry to Five Second Projects, as I have just the Grey Scale Gorilla Blog as well as Nick Cambell. I have to say this is an awesome idea, thanx for taking time to help us motion designers Nick, we truly appreciate it!!!
    Here is my entry (as of 12:12 am it has an 1/2 of encoding left):

  • Sorry my first entry came out jacked on Vimeo. umm so did my comment…I was missin words…well its late…
    here is my new upload to vimeo…if anyone notices skipping let me know! thanx!

  • I think my video got bumped off your channel, here’s the link again – just in time for the deadline.

  • Heya Nick.

    Here’s my entry.



  • First time contributor.
    Thanks for setting this up Nick… that was fun.

  • Hi Nick, here is my film… hope not too late 🙂

    greyscalegorilla rocks!

  • Hey Nick,

    Hope this isn’t too late.

  • Okay, here is my project:

    Give me comments and/or critics!

  • Hey Nick,here is my project:

  • here’s my 5 sec. project. had a great time with this:

  • Just curious what are the fonts used in the “Summer In Space” pic?? “Space” looks a little like Helvetica Neue Lite.

  • Nevermind I found out 😛

  • Here’s mine for this time around…

    wanted to test some smoke effects but procrastination got the best of me… 🙁

  • Whoops… looks like I added mine as a reply post.. sorry

  • hey nick,

    i posted my video on the 22nd, and it still hasn’t been added to the channel. is there something wrong with it?


  • Pierrick Hajduk July 28, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Hello ! Here it is my very first attempt :

    enjoy !

  • Ahhh late. Well heres my link anyway. Thanks…

  • I’m late too, and I guess I forgot the summer, but ok hahahh here it is:

    Vimeo ruined my HD version, and I needed to reupload in normal quality :/

  • It’s quite good, although not quite at Eiskaffee level. ,

  • I was very happy to uncover this web site. I wanted to thank you for ones time just for this wonderful read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it and I have you bookmarked to look at new things on your website.

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