Jared Owen writes:
When I started this animation I had questions about how Window Blinds worked. I studied the mechanism on my own blinds and then I looked at a few other helpful websites. It turns out it really wasn't too hard to understand! I used drivers to the raising and tilting of the individual slats. For the strings I used bezier curves and the hook modifier to help me manipulate it.
This video was a lot of fun to animate - I hope you enjoy watching it!