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Michael Greenwald
ideas for how to animate pile of money falling to the floor
on Oct 21, 2012 at 6:54:27 am

I want a bunch of dollars to fall to the floor into a large unorderly pile. (looks like http://www.absoluterights.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/pile-of-money.jpeg...

It can look cartoony, so I will probably be using Illustrator to make the design.

Any ideas on how to animate this? I would prefer not to animate each bill. Here are a few of mine:

1. Make a few comps of animated bills falling, and duplicate them to land in different spots in the pile. This seems like the best idea but I don't know if there will be enough variation in bill movement.

2. Particular: problem is, Particular doesn't support particle-particle interaction, so the dollars couldn't land in a pile. Falling dollars, however, look really cool and real.

Any other ideas? Thanks!


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: ideas for how to animate pile of money falling to the floor
on Oct 21, 2012 at 5:00:20 pm

Michael -

How about shooting a pile of real dollars falling to the floor, and then applying some cartoony effects to them (if you require that)? It sure won't cost much, and it will look better than anything you can do in the 2D world, and without the bunch of work and expense needed to pull it off in the 3D world.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Michael Greenwald
Re: ideas for how to animate pile of money falling to the floor
on Oct 21, 2012 at 5:11:35 pm

I like the idea of compositing, but I don't access to a camera and gear. Thanks though!


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Andrey Sibiryakov
Re: ideas for how to animate pile of money falling to the floor
on Oct 21, 2012 at 8:08:21 pm

You can use Particular with preanimated dollar as a particle.
As soon as you will emit enough dollars, you can revert time.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: ideas for how to animate pile of money falling to the floor
on Oct 22, 2012 at 5:06:33 am

Hmmmm......

You don't have a camera to shoot real cash, and you don't like the look of particular when you use it.

How good are you at using a 3D application?

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Michael Greenwald
Re: ideas for how to animate pile of money falling to the floor
on Nov 28, 2012 at 5:17:30 am

forgot to mention thanks for the help y'all. What I ended up doing was making a pile of bills illustration in AI, animating one bill, and then parenting the other bills to it by expression (adding delay and position changes). It looks good.


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