Recently I was trying to figure out a way to create the Fall scene for Weather Cycle project. Since this scene requires showcasing wind, I had the idea to create leaves falling from a tree. While searching for ideas to create this with particle effects I realized it wouldn’t be practical to use this method. Many animators online have been using nCloth to create leaves falling from trees. I found a youtube video to help understand how to create nCloth for falling leaves. The link to the video will be listed below. I will warn you that the music in the video is a bit distracting, but the overall video is helpful to follow.
Below is a playblast of the nCloth I created for my Weather Cycle project.