Little was born in Canada and attended the prestigious film school at Brigham Young University. During the 1996-1997 school Little completed two narrative short films that received awards. "Exposure" received the Final Cut Audience Choice Award for Best Direction of a narrative film. Little's other film, "Minnie's Kitchen", received the Film Faculty Award for "Most Overlooked Film." Little's senior project, "The Last Good War", brought him national prominence in 1999. This dramatic short is set in Germany in 1944, and tells the story of a wounded American soldier and a German soldier forced to share shelter during a brutal winter storm. The screenplay was written by Virginia Sanderson, and Little co-produced the film himself, along with fellow BYU student Brian Brough.