Seasons

Below is my Seasons project fully rendered, which showcases particle effects and ncloth.  Seasons was created in Maya 2016 and Adobe After Effects.  The rain and snow were particle effects created in Maya.  The pollen was created in After Effects.

 

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Seasons Progress

At the end of last semester I had worked on a project I titled Seasons.  I encountered some technical difficulties before the project was due to present.  As a result my Ncloth for the Fall season didn’t have falling leaves.  One of the things I wanted to fix this semester for my demo reel was a tree with falling leaves for the Fall scene.  Below is a clip of the new Ncloth I created.

Ncloth

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.