Roger Nygard’s first film was an animated short, made when he discovered his dad’s 8mm camera at the age of seven. That led to live action shorts, with siblings and friends conscripted for actors. Most of those early stories involved a chase, since that’s an easy story to tell in a silent film. Or the story was built around some kind of available prop, like a Rubik’s cube, a monster mask, or a dummy that could be thrown off a bridge.
In high school he upgraded to sound films, and in college, video was the medium, with ever increasing–he hates to use the word–sophistication, because the point of the films was to be as ridiculous as possible. His final short, before turning pro, was called WARPED, a 30 minute psychological horror film about three women in a remote farmhouse trying to kill each other.