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For a stage production I'm trying to create this kind of mylar rain curtain

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On the stage they tend to go up and come down on on wires. I also want to implement this in my animation, and let a character come through the strings at some point.

Because they're extremely light they tend to float a little whilst coming up an down. I want to be able to create this effect.

I tried multiple times already, the first time didn't work at all. Second time, the mesh was OK, but because all the strings are a little apart from each other, there was no friction, and going up and down also didn't have any impact on the strings wind wise, so they looked stiff and didn't move at all.

What I'm trying to create

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  • $\begingroup$ Hello, have you tried a Cloth simulation and what does it give? $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Commented Jun 22 at 13:24
  • $\begingroup$ Hi moonboots, thanks for your quick reply. The first time the cloth simulation exploded. The second time the cloth simulation went fairly smooth, but as I've written in the post above already, there was no movement at all in the strings.. very stiff $\endgroup$
    – L E
    Commented Jun 22 at 13:57
  • $\begingroup$ are you looking for something like that? zupimages.net/up/24/25/dsi3.gif $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Commented Jun 22 at 14:28
  • $\begingroup$ Yes exactly! The height is somewhat perfect, the widt of the curtain is much longer $\endgroup$
    – L E
    Commented Jun 22 at 14:37

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You can do it with a Cloth simulation. First create a plane, subidivide it, select all its vertical edges and rip (V):

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In Weight Paint mode create a vertex group at the top with the Gradient brush:

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Give a Cloth simulation to the plane, choose the vertex group as Pin Group, also enable the Self Collisions option:

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Create some Force Fields like Wind or Turbulence to create agitation:

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. This way doesn't in become one nig cloth, how did you make the seperate strings? $\endgroup$
    – L E
    Commented Jun 22 at 14:53
  • $\begingroup$ *big sorry typed too fast $\endgroup$
    – L E
    Commented Jun 22 at 15:00
  • $\begingroup$ O get it now, select rip creates the string $\endgroup$
    – L E
    Commented Jun 22 at 15:07
  • $\begingroup$ yes, select the vertical edges and press V to rip and create the strips $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Commented Jun 22 at 15:11
  • $\begingroup$ Hi, this also happened the first time I tried to do it. !Valid XHTML What does it mean when it does this? Is it too dense? $\endgroup$
    – L E
    Commented Jun 23 at 4:11

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