Full Life Story
Show business is my family’s business. It all began with my grandfather, Hal Seeger, an Animation Producer and the creator of the Batfink, Fearless Fly, and Milton the Monster cartoon on ABC in the 60’s. Grandpa got his start in the 1930’s drawing and writing Popeye comic strips, later working on Betty Boop cartoons at Fleischer Studios.
My father, David Seeger grew up working in film at Hal Seeger Studios. That’s where he met my mother, Holly Whitstock Seeger, a talented animator. Together, they created the viral hit, The Karate Rap. Over the years, my Dad has garnered 3 Emmys.
In 1979, my grandparents transitioned from film to video, launching the post-house, Today Video Inc. From the moment I was born, I was literally thrust into the business and have the footage to prove it—as a baby, I was an actor in their karate comedy, Sister Sensei.
When I was older, I worked behind the scenes on commercial shoots for ESPN, ABC, & FOX. The crew usually consisted of a handful of people, including me and my two older brothers, so I was always surprised at how well the finished product looked. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a fog machine, some Sterno cans, and a camera hooked to a bungee cord. When the commercials would air, we would all gather in the TV room as a family and watch as our work premiered on cable.
In addition to working at the office in NYC, many shoots were held in our house. This gave me unlimited access to piles of video equipment and the ability to create my own videos. By age 13, I had started my own production company editing Demo Reels for child actors and filming Shakespeare plays at the Community Theatre. I also served the cameraman for the local Town Board Meeting every other Wednesday night, the videos airing bi-weekly on Cablevision.
I had quickly become very comfortable with the technical aspects of video but had always wanted to be in front of the camera, too. At 16, I signed up for Improv and Sketch classes at UCB Theatre New York. My acting and writing skills improved and I gained the confidence to enter my short films into contests. In my Sophomore year of high school, I won $750 from the CUNY Dispute Resolution Committee for creating an anti-bullying PSA.
My first internship began in 11th grade with James Signorelli, a producer at Saturday Night Live. He had directed all the Parody Commercials since the show's beginnings. Jim became my mentor and gave me notes on my short films. He introduced me to all the amazing classic films he loved, like 400 Blows, Rebel Without A Cause, and everything made by Federico Fellini. I became obsessed with films, watching everything I could get my hands on. When I was a Senior in high school, I showed Jim new films I was working on. Although they weren't masterpieces, he could see that I was using the techniques he had taught me and gave me great advice. Now, years later, every time I'm working on a new project, I can still hear his voice in my head.
In the Fall of 2010, I attended Brooklyn College for film production and continued working at Today Video. At one point, my dad was making the show, Punk Payback with Bas Rutten for FUEL TV, and I was called on to direct and act in one of the scenes. We also flew to London, England, and Houston, TX to film Selena Gomez and the Imagine Dragons for the NBA and WNBA show opens on ESPN. During this time, I was also back working with Jim at Saturday Night Live assisting him with the production of the opening title sequence for the 36th Season.
Robots Without Orders is the band I launched with my brother Sam while a Sophomore at Brooklyn College. I also began a new internship, this time for Adult Swim working in post-production on a new TV series called Hot Package. There, I worked directly with the creator of the show Derrick Beckles, a writer for The Eric Andre Show and creator of several Adult Swim TV series; Totally 4 Teens, Hot Package, and Mostly For Millennials. Derrick is the Godfather of Found Footage. His work has been an inspiration for Tim & Eric and Everything Is Terrible. Derrick’s TV Carnage compilation films celebrate all the worst moments in film and television history. We got along immediately once I showed him my parents 1980s’ Karate Rap music video.
This position blossomed into a full-time job with him working for his company TV Carnage. There I edited music videos for Neon Indian, HEALTH, and Dirty Ghosts. I also edited a TV pilot called The Hopes starring Courtney Love and commercials for Geico & Chilli’s which aired on Adult Swim.
In 2015, I went on to work for Super Deluxe as a writer, producer, director, and actor. There I created a wide variety of videos for their social media platforms. My most successful one went viral with 91+ million views on Facebook. While working in this company, this group of very talented filmmakers also became some of my closest friends. We were encouraged to be as creative as possible with all the film gear available and the small space to shoot. In that way, it felt a lot like home.
Since Super Deluxe, I have been working full-time editing web series and promos for Netflix’s YouTube channel and social media accounts. Before my current position, I worked Freelance creating videos for Twitch and the LA Times.
In my free time, I make short films with my friends & family. A recent one, Armagetton, again created with my brother Sam, made it to the front page of Reddit on r/videos.