Creator / Steven Soderbergh

"It would be bad enough if Soderbergh merely wrote, directed, and/or produced a nonstop barrage of provocative, eclectic films and television shows. But that isnít enough for our greedy little friend. No, he has to shoot his own films and edit them under pseudonyms. Quite frankly, I find it a little sickening that one bald, bespectacled little man is able to do so many things so brilliantly. It isnít fair. Soderbergh is throwing off the curve. Maybe the reason Hollywood is filled with so many mouth-breathing troglodytes is because heís hogged all the talent. Either heís one of the most remarkable talents in American film, or thereís a very busy genie out there granting all his wishes. Alternately, heís cloned himself Multiplicity style, and has six or seven exact copies helping him get shit done."
Nathan Rabin, My Year of Flops #141, Solaris (2002)

Steven Andrew Soderbergh (born 1963) is an Academy Award winning film director and producer. He also acts as a writer, cinematographer, and editor on most of his pictures, almost always under a pseudonym. He is best known for going back and forth from making low budget indie films to large budget crowd pleasers, as well as making his movies very quickly and under budget. He's also a major proponent of digital film making.

He frequently works with George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts.

He claims that his cinematic career is at an end and plans on retiring from film making in the near future, with his apparent swan song being his long-in-gestation Biopic of Liberace, Behind the Candelabra. He does still plan on directing theater and television the first of which being The Knick

Films directed by him include:

Tropes applying to his work:

  • Acclaimed Flop: If his films aren't sleeper hits, then they'll be this, much to his frustration. Eventually, he quit commercial film-making altogether and turned to television and other pursuits.
  • Anachronic Order: Many of his films jump around in time or have a lot of flashbacks.
  • Auteur License: He got one after videotape, and seemed to be on the verge of losing it until he made Out of Sight. He was pretty much granted one for life after the Oceans Trilogy.
  • Biopic: An unusual one of Franz Kafka's, followed by a conventional one of Erin Brockovich, followed in turn by unusual films like The Informant!, Che and Behind the Candelabra.
  • Breakthrough Hit: sex, lies, and videotape. He also cites Out of Sight as a second breakthrough which made him viable as a Hollywood film-maker.
  • California Doubling: Averted. He'll always shoot on location.
  • Career Resurrection: Out of Sight. He also sees The Knick as another one.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: One of the projects on his website is making a black-and-white version of Raiders of the Lost Ark with music by Trent Reznor.
  • Determinator: His movies tackle the mentality of people who are determined and committed to a task and intend to follow it through, whether it's Karen Sisco, Daniel Ocean, John Thackery or Che Guevara himself. He notes that such individuals like to believe that they are in control, that their will can impose order on the world, and he likes to explore what they do when things don't go according to plan, if they can adapt, improvise or change. He notes that this is a good metaphor for film-making in general.
  • Development Hell: He first approached Michael Douglas to play Liberace when they were working together on Traffic. It took 13 years before the film was finally made
  • Exact Words: He said that he would retire from filmmaking. That hasn't stopped him from directing a play, a show and acting as the DP for and editing Magic Mike XXL.
  • He Also Did:
    • Was Assistant Director on The Hunger Games.
    • His first project after graduating from film school was a Yes concert film.
  • Mind Screw: Schizopolis. Non-stop.
  • Non-Actor Vehicle: Bubble features an entire cast of non-professional actors recruited from the local town. The Girlfriend Experience stars pornstar Sasha Grey, who went on to do more mainstream acting afterwards. Haywire stars Mixed Martial Arts fighter Gina Carano, who also followed up with more roles.
  • Pen Name: When he's a Cinematographer or Editor, he's credited under, respectively, "Peter Andrews" and "Mary Ann Bernard".
  • Pop-Star Composer: Has worked with Cliff Martinez and David Holmes.
  • Production Posse: Collaborates with writer Scott Z. Burns, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Eddie Jemison and Channing Tatum. And when he's not editing his own movies, Stephen Mirrione is his editor.
  • Renaissance Man: Is a Director, Writer, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer and Painter.