Bending a column

What is the best way to bend a column. I am trying to show the column staying fixed at the bottom base, with the top of the column gradually bending over (part of an animation). I tried the warp tool but wasn’t getting the results I was looking for. Thanks.

armatures may be your best bet!

dont forget to show a WIP

Try a multi segmented lattice, or pet with the influence set way high. Also, you can get more control over the warp tool by adding redundant vertices out to either side.