Born on December 16th, 1985, in Philadelphia, there should have been no doubt that Eric J. Seidman would one day work in the world of movies. With his mother, Marci Seidman, a teacher who has read almost every book in existence, and his father Randy Seidman the Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers TV producer for PRISM and Sportschannel, it was kismet that Eric would one day work in the film industry.
Though he wrote a plethora of short stories and such throughout school, his first experience with actual script-writing came in 2002, his junior year of high school, when his class entered into the Philadelphia Young Playwright's Competition. The process of writing a script and communicating through character's was one he enjoyed immensely and there was an instant connection. He finished 5th in the city in the competition. His next experience with writing would prove to be the most important of his life. In his senior year of high school, Seidman wrote a feature length script titled "It's Go Time", about four high school sports fanatics who garner their own ESPN debate show. The script was entered into a film festival by his teacher and two months later it was learned that he, an 18 year old, had won first prize for best overall screenplay at that very festival. From there, Seidman knew he was meant to write, and needed no more signs or motivation.
In the winter of 2004, Seidman wanted to try his hand at directing, so he wrote a short film about high school baseball players reminiscing on their time together.
With the success of his short and a best overall screenplay under his belt at the age of 19, Seidman was contacted by Rob Kelly and Miriam Schalit, respectively about writing scripts for their companies 'Seven Tower Productions' and 'Rude Dog Productions'. Phoenix Rising (2006), the script with Shalit is making a festival circuit in 2007.
In July 2006, he wrote and directed his second short film, "All the Wrong Moves" which is on the festival circuit in early 2007. His screenplay 5:57 (2009) was optioned by well-known producer Fred C. Caruso and Diane DiNucci and is currently in pre-production.
He was hired by Joseph Lekach and David J. Yaffe of Lucky Dog Entertainment, in the summer of 2006, to be head writer and pen the pilot of a TV series currently being developed. Lekach and Yaffe are also producing and funding Seidman's feature directorial debut in the summer of 2007, 4th and Forever (2008).
Credits his influences as: David Mamet, Owen Wilson, Phil Hartman, Clint Eastwood, Kevin Bacon, Edward Norton, and his parents.
Has seen every single Philadelphia 76ers game since February of 1997-1998.
Favorite Directors include: Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann, The Coen Brothers, Bryan Singer, and Sidney Lumet.
Favorite Writers include: David Mamet, Charlie Kaufman, Eric Roth, and Andrew Kevin Walker.
Graduated from George Washington High School (Phila, PA). Actor, Kevin Hart and writer, David Berenbaum are amongst graduates from there.
While at Penn State University, was Executive Producer and NBA Analyst for the magazine show, "The Final Cut", which he ran from freshman year on.
Favorite Movies - 12 Angry Men, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Quiz Show, The Usual Suspects, Casablanca, North by Northwest, and anything featuring Edward Norton, Jimmy Stewart, or Cary Grant.
The first screenplay he ever penned, "It's Go Time", about a group of high school students who end up with their own ESPN sports debate show, at the age of 17, won Best Overall Screenplay at his first film festival.
Wrote and Directed "Becker Hargrove, Inc", a short film, shot in Miami, executive produced by Brett Ratner.
Had a screenplay optioned and had been hired to write three other scripts for professional production companies/producers before turning 21 years old. As of January 2007, all four are currently in preproduction/development.
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