Upside Down

August 3, 2009 - By 

Welcome to an all new five second projects. This week’s theme is “UpsideDown.”Create a short project based on the theme and post it in the comments to be entered into the contest.

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 August 17th

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 August 17th

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 “Upside Down” 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? One more thing, try to tell your story without just putting “Updside Down” 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 Channel

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  • Awesome idea to implement Photos.. once my new camera gets here I will be hopefully submitting a few things.

  • So as it stands now upside down is the theme for both photo & animation projects? If so, for this week it seems to work for both, but I would like to suggest that they have different themes if it doesn’t complicate stuff to much.

  • Nick, you should change description for Upside Down :O)) Right now it’s a copy/paste from Summer in space:O)

  • wrangled together – to Upside Down

  • I’m sure more questions will be figured out as time passes, but are we submitting raw photos for the photography contest or could we edit as much as we want?


  • ??? are result of Cyrillic non-compability / bad encoding…

  • Five Second Project – “Upside Down” photo edition entry:

  • Rendering:
    03:24:50 105/151 Frames

    It takes forever 😛

  • Here is my photo entry:

    I love the idea of including the photos to contest, thank Nick.
    May I suggest allowing people to upload more than just 1 picture to theme? I believe that people are able to produce more than just one picture in two weeks. I had at least 3 ideas for this theme.
    Thank again.

  • Ok, after 5 hours of rendering it’s done 😛

  • Hi !
    Here is my entry for the Five Seconds Project.
    Hope you like it !


    so i had this video recorded and I was gonna do the voice over this weekend at my buddy’s studio… but some guy over at AETuts beat me to the punch and release almost the same tutorial… anyway here it is without voice over… the explaination is below it…

    I had a shoutout to GSG in the tutorial as you can see…

  • I don’t know if i can do that but… here is a 2nd entry…

  • Hey Nick!
    Looks like you added some new movies to the channel and missed mine. Here it is again :

  • great project…not sure if mine has been up loaded properly, can any1 let me know if its on there?
    (it will have the above name on it)

  • Here is my video

    I don’t know how you feel about self promotion, but the last second was kind of dull so I decided to plug myself. I can take it out if that’s a problem.

  • Hi!

    Here is my first entry to your 5 second projects


  • Hello!

    My first 5 second project:

  • Rickard Bengtsson August 8, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Moving boxes can be trouble sometimes..

  • A question about the photo project, how much photoshop is allowed? I mean besides fixing colors, levels and alike…

    • There are no specific rules right now for the photo Projects. I’m sure that there will be some rules that come out of the first project. Ideally, there will be a “Photo” upload and a “Design” upload. Maybe though it is all in one? what do you think?

      • I would love the photo project to be more about the photo than photoshop skills, so anything more than adjusting colors, levels, brightness and simple stuff like that to be banned, like putting a car on a boat in the middle of a lake, unless it was really there. So if there´s a design project too anything like that could fit in there.
        I reckon 2 categories would be best, one for photos and one for design, oh and the one for motion, so 3.

        Hope that makes sense 🙂

  • I love the idea of the photography section of 5 second projects! I’ll have to start that part too. For now though, here is my Video entry,


  • first time here, well, here is my entry

  • Below is my submission for Upside Down. It has it’s ups and downs. A real happy sad moment.

  • Here is my photo entry, only basic color correction applied. Shot with my Canon 450D.

  • Here’s my motion submission….

  • Here ya go! BTW, just wanted to mention that I think this is a great idea (Five Second Animations). I’ve been a Flash guy for so long and have always wanted to dable with AE. You’ve given me hope Nick!

    Oh, here’s my video

  • Hey folks. I just started using AE a few weeks ago and came across “The Gorilla” in my studies. I love this idea so I wanted to throw my hat in the ring!

    Thanks much!

  • I think I have it figured out now. Here is my entry.

  • whats up!

    Here’s my link:

  • hi there that my entry !

    I love that Nick, really your 5second project are helping me alot!

  • This is my entry
    enjoy !

  • My first stab at a 5 second project. Had a blast and can’t wait for the next one.


    is my entry, had no sound inspiration, sorry.

  • Hey Nick maybe you set some community standards and edict. People are getting way to offended by my critique. I have had one guy just delete my comments, and another says he’s cool but just to freak out on later as I posted my thoughts.

    I was never out of line, I was blunt but not rude. I was under the impression that this community was mature enough for this. Maybe you should set some ground rules as to what is ok and what is not.

    My idea is that if you can’t take it, just say so. That way when others come to your video and want to spend their free time giving you good input wont if you get offend to easy. That’s only far, because I would like people to feel free enough to say whats on there mind when viewing my work be it good or bad.

    And if people are only ok with say “good job” Then I will go find something better to do.

    • Hi Josh, First of all, thanks for your critique. We need more like you for sure. I’m struggling to find a way to make sure critique is asked for by the posters. Maybe there is an OPT IN for critique? Maybe an opt out. I will definitely think about a way to standardize this. Overall, I think everyone should be prepared for critique. It only makes you better. Having the critique public is harder to deal with though. Hmmm. Any thoughts on this?

      • I think so long as people make it clear about their comfort level things will be fine, but that’s to say be will be honest about their comfort level.

        The problem is this is an individual’s issue and there is not much we can do about if that individual will react negatively to critique.

        But I think so long as we set the standers to expect that there will be critiques and you should be clear on your own about your own comfort level there “should” be no problems.

        • crap, sorry about all the type-o’s

        • I think that by participating in 5 sec. projects you agree to accept critique good or bad. Bad critique only strengthens ones work, so if people here can’t handle it then they are going to progress very slowly. Plus Art Directors and others of the such in the industry are not afraid to be blunt with peoples work. If people can’t take critism here what will they do when they get work, run to the hall way and cry? haha.
          I also think just saying “Cool Piece” and “This is Dope” is pointless. If you can’t explain why a piece is good and works well then you are not helping with the progression of this blog.

  • here is my entry for the 5-second project.

  • First participation for a 5SP … 5seconds it’s very short 😀

  • Below is my submission for Upside Down. It has it’s ups and downs. A real happy sad moment.

    Sorry for the double post. It was my first time using Vimeo and I didn’t realize that videos are private when you first upload them.

  • Hi there, here is my first entry to the 5 secs project, greetings from Mexico.

  • Hi, there’s my upside down project.


  • hey! here is my first entry, watch the world going down in 5 sec.. (I hope I am not the only one getting my I am prepared for critique:-))

  • Upside down submission (am I the only one whose mind went there?):

  • Hello Nick, Here is my 5seconds project.

    Best Regards
    Nay Lin

  • Here’s my submission for “Upside Down”:


  • Never posted here but hopefully this link works. Thanks for setting up the 5 Second Project concept Nick. Pretty cool!

  • Here’s my entry, been meaning to take part for a while and had a couple of hours free thisafternoon so rendered a quick one and played around with the new particular 2 functions. Anyone else amazed how fast v2 renders even with all the shading and real time lighting?

    Anyway here’s mine, they’ll get better I’m going to put time aside to do these with a bit more purpose, didn’t have time to even add sound this time round but here it is. Back to designing a terribly boring DVD cover and booklet…

  • Just uploaded at
    You know that every time I try to go
    Where I really want to be,
    It’s already where I am,
    Cause I’m already there!!!

  • Here is my UPSIDE video: I tried to play with Mograph

  • Here is my video for the 5 second project, “Upside Down”.

  • 5 second animation for upside_down

  • Heres my entry!
    Thanks Nick!

  • Here is mine:
    Thank you Nick.

  • Upside down bats –

    Thanks Nick

  • Hey Nick,

    Great seeing you the other day, you inspired me to participate in your challenge. Here is my loose interpretation of upside down

  • Good morning Nick, my 5 sec project

    Thanks man

  • Sorry the first link I sent is dead, here is the new one

    Upside down Project

  • Here’s my entry:

    Enjoy and feel free to criticize!

  • hey nick! here my Upside-Down entry:

    comments are welcome!

  • My first GSG entry is a sea themed animation for Upside Down.

    Thanks for the great topics, Nick.

  • Sorry, I had this posted on the vimeo channel comments.
    Here’s my up-side-down video. Hope it gets posted. Thanks so much.

  • Hopefully I’m not too late – here’s my entry:

  • Here’s my full link
    Sorry when I posted it before, I guess it wasn’t a full link and it didn’t get added.
    Thanks again.

  • something was wrong on the vimeo site,. heres a second upload of my video.

  • Evening! Here’s my Upside Down entry:


  • deadlines…. gotta love em…. sorry…..(computer crash)……

  • I think my entry may have been overlooked and not added to the Vimeo channel. I think I did everything right… link is earlier in this thread.

  • Are all videos included? I posted mine on Monday, and commented here, but it is not in the gallery (the link is


  • Hi there, here’s my entry:

    Sorry about the lateness! Looking forward to the next one.

  • Hi Nick. I just got my laptop back from the apple store, I know this is late but here’s my upside down project.

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