Submitted by Johanna Porter

Client: City of Redmond WA

Location: Redmond, WA, United States

Completion date: 2022

Artwork budget: $5,000

Project Team

storyboard art/art director

Johanna Porter


animator/editor/art director

Max Hess

public arts administrator

Chris Weber

City of Redmond


“WISH” an animated short film commission, Redmond WA. This five-minute animated short film was commissioned by the CIty of Remond for the 2022 Redmond Lights festival and screened at Redmond Downtown Park nightly for five weeks, This film was a collaborative effort between visual artist/art director Johanna Porter and animator/editor/art director Max Hess. The world music soundtrack was created by artist Guy Buttery from South Africa. The film features an origami crane that travels the world spreading the message of peace and amplifying that wish with every hand it touches.


The film's goal is to generate a feeling of peace and to recognize our common humanity. The project was inspired by the Peace Crane Project. Children around the world create origami cranes and write messages of peace. These are then exchanged with students in other countries around the world.


110 Adobe Illustrator vector storyboards with multiple layers were created and the motion graphic animated was completed using Adobe AfterEffects. The film was then edited to coordinate with the soundtrack using Adobe Premiere.