Acting as director and editor, I started making movies with my friends in high school around 1987. They were fun little movies, like 'It Came From the Trash Bin' and it's three sequels. This was at a time when video editing was "tape-to-tape", and the quality of a VHS image, after it went through two generations to dub in music and sound effects, left a lot to be desired. Even though VHS was the best we could afford at the time, the quality made me cringe. Still, my friends and I made a lot of movies and we tried to make them as well as we could under those conditions.
In 1989, I moved to Southern California to attend California Lutheran University. It was at the end of my first semester that I was sitting in a movie theater, and I was really moved by a scene I was watching, and I thought, "That's what I want to do." Several years later, technology made it possible to make affordable "quality" movies, and that was when I began in earnest to start making movies.
In the meantime, I've been earning a living since 1996 as a visual effects artist in Hollywood.