Keep on wondering as children do,

that will help us to see the beautiful planet we have.


The Project

What Took You So Long? is an animated Virtual Reality short created by faculty and students of the College of Media and Entertainment at the Middle Tennessee State University. The goal of the project is to tell a story of wonder, discovery, and appreciation for our planet from the honest perspective of a young child. In the story, a child discovers the magical things that we take for granted and shows us the planet's simple beauty. 

Planet earth faces incredible challenges today, and we want to add our voices to those who are fighting to save it with a subtle but meaningful message of hope. In this animated short, we are asking viewers: What took them that long to recognize the beauty of our planet?

This is the first VR reality short created at MTSU with all volunteer participants. We are excited to present this first project with the hope to create many more. The participants of the project come from the Media Arts Department and the Recording Industry department. 

A story of wonder, discovery,

and appreciation for our planet.


A faculty and student VR project


MTSU College of Media and Entertainment


Directed by:
Richard Lewis
Rodrigo Gómez Claros


Story Development:
Rodrigo Gómez Claros
John Merchant
Richard Lewis
Josh Martin


Creative Development:
Ben Ostergrant
Andrew Demel
Justin "Jragon" Ethington
Roxy Haines
Judson Holden
Josh Martin
John Alderson
Richard Lewis
Rodrigo Gómez Claros

3D Modeling, Texturing and Animation:
Richard Lewis - Josh Martin

Justin "Jragon" Ethington - Judson Holden

Hot air balloon ride: 
Roxy Haines - Ben Ostergrant - Rodrigo Gómez Claros 



Andrew Demel

Hallways and elevator: 
Andrew Demel -  Josh Martin - 
Ben Ostergrant - Rodrigo Gómez Claros 

Character Design and CG Development
Rodrigo Gómez Claros 


Unity Set up and Edit
Richard Lewis

Voice Recording and Sound Design:
John Alderson

Music Score: 
Dustin Painter

VR Audio Mix
John Merchant

Voice Talent

Girl: Estella Williams

Astronaut: John Alderson

Phone Voice:

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