December 09, 2019
Louisiana State University
What Happened on Earth? is the inaugural production for the LSU Digital Media Arts & Engineering (DMAE) 2019 fall cohort. This is the first time the class used Unity and produced work for Virtual Reality headsets. This 8 student class used assets they downloaded to bring a children's storybook to life about the future world our children are inheriting. For most of the students this was their first 3-D project as most of their work was mostly in 2-D. It was a non-interactive experiential walk through a pop-up story book. It contained a desert level, an ocean biome, a norther environment with floating ice bergs then the story takes a dark turn. The students carefully picked camera paths that gave a very rich ride through environments that was made for a sit down VR experience. Each environment is revisited with what the future might hold for the various geographical locations. It was a good introduction to the issues of speed, scale and timing in a VR environment and was quite impactful with the headsets on! The above video was captured through the Unity editor.