When I started this project, I was really stressed out! I had no idea what I wanted to do. When I sat down to sketch or storyboard, I decided that I wanted a space scene. When I started storyboarding it, it seemed like an amazing idea. 

It was right when I started uploading it, I looked at how difficult it was going to be. I knew I didn’t have the skill to complete it in the time I was given. It made me sad, but I went back to the drawing board. 

I really love pinwheels and I decided that I would create a pinwheel and make it spin. It seemed like a really great idea. So I sat down and drew it out and designed it in Adobe Illustrator.

I love how it turned out, but when I went to make it move in Adobe After Effects, it seemed too simple. So I decided to create a background for the pinwheel and make something else move, not just the pinwheel. So I made the pinwheel in the foreground of a park, with a hill, trees, sky and clouds in the background. I decided that the wind would push the clouds, to show that it was windy and therefore, was making the pinwheel move. This was my final design:

When I finished designing it, I uploaded it to Adobe After Effects and made the pinwheel wings spin. I had to place the anchor point in the center on the pinwheel button and then made the pinwheel wings spin about four times. I had to use Easy Ease Ott and Easy Ease In so that the start and end of the spinning looked more natural. The goal was to make it look like the wind caught the pinwheel every few seconds, like the wind does in real life. 

To make the spinning look even more realistic, I had to animate the shadow on the stick to look like it was moving. I edited the opacity on the stick shadow. Every time the pointy part of the wing touched down on the stick, I made the shadow opacity 100%, and every time the short part of the wing hit the stick I made the opacity 10%. This made the movement look even more realistic.

I then chose to make the clouds move in the back to show that the wind is blowing. I had to loop the clouds so that they looked natural and didn’t jump cut when the gif restarted. 

Since my file was too large, I made my gif into a YouTube video. I really love how it turned out and I hope you enjoy it too! Check it out below! 




Jamie Garrard graduated from LDS Business College in December 2015 with an Associates in Social Media Marketing. She then started school at BYU-Idaho and is a Communication major, focusing on Visual Media. She loves photography especially when she can take photos of babies! She married her high school sweetheart in 2016. Jamie plans on graduating in July of 2018.

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