->''"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, [[AuteurLicense he has to shoot his own films and edit them under]] [[PenName 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 ''Film/{{Multiplicity}}'' style, and has six or seven exact copies helping him get shit done."''
-->--'''Creator/NathanRabin''', ''My Year of Flops'' #141, ''Film/{{Solaris 2002}}''

Steven Andrew Soderbergh (born 1963) is an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward 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 [[ProductionPosse frequently works]] with Creator/GeorgeClooney, Creator/MattDamon, and Creator/JuliaRoberts.

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, ''Film/BehindTheCandelabra''. He does still plan on directing theater and television the first of which being ''Series/TheKnick''

!!Films directed by him include:

* ''Film/SexLiesAndVideotape'' (1989)
* ''Kafka'' (1991)
* ''King of the Hill'' (1993)
* ''Schizopolis'' (1996)
* ''Film/OutOfSight'' (1998)
* ''Film/TheLimey'' (1999)
* ''Film/ErinBrockovich'' (2000) (for which Creator/JuliaRoberts won her Oscar),
* ''Film/{{Traffic}}'' (2000) (for which HE won his Oscar)
* ''Film/OceansEleven'' (2001)
* ''Full Frontal'' (2002)
* ''[[Film/{{Solaris2002}} Solaris]]'' (2002)
* ''Film/OceansTwelve'' (2004)
* ''Film/{{Bubble}}'' (2005)
* ''Film/OceansThirteen'' (2007)
* ''Che'' (2008)
* ''The Girlfriend Experience'' (2009)
* ''Film/TheInformant!'' (2009)
* ''Film/{{Contagion}}'' (2011)
* ''Film/{{Haywire}}'' (2011)
* ''Film/MagicMike'' (2012)
* ''Film/SideEffects'' (2013)
* ''Film/BehindTheCandelabra'' (2013)
* ''Series/TheKnick'' (2014)
* ''Film/LoganLucky'' (2017)

!!Tropes applying to his work:

* AcclaimedFlop: If his films aren't [[SleeperHit 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.
* AnachronicOrder: Many of his films jump around in time or have a lot of flashbacks.
* AuteurLicense: He got one after ''videotape'', and seemed to be on the verge of losing it until he made ''Film/OutOfSight''. He was pretty much granted one for life after the Oceans Trilogy.
* {{Biopic}}: An unusual one of Creator/FranzKafka's, followed by a conventional one in the form of ''Erin Brockovich'', followed in turn by unusual films like ''The Informant!'', ''Che'' and ''Behind the Candelabra''.
* BreakthroughHit: ''Film/SexLiesAndVideotape''. He also cites ''Out of Sight'' as a second breakthrough which made him viable as a Hollywood film-maker.
* CaliforniaDoubling: [[AvertedTrope Averted.]] He'll always shoot on location.
* CareerResurrection: ''Film/OutOfSight''. He also sees ''The Knick'' as another one.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: One of the projects on his website is making a black-and-white version of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' with music by [[Music/NineInchNails Trent]] [[Music/TheSocialNetwork 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 UsefulNotes/CheGuevara 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.
* DevelopmentHell: He first approached Creator/MichaelDouglas to play Liberace when they were working together on ''Film/{{Traffic}}''. It took 13 years before [[Film/BehindTheCandelabra the film]] was finally made
* ExactWords: He said that he would retire from ''filmmaking''. That hasn't stopped him from directing a play, [[Series/TheKnick a show]] and acting as the DP for and editing ''Magic Mike XXL''.
* GenreRoulette: Soderbergh has practically made his name by being an anti-auteur auteur. Not only has he hopped around loads of genres - comedy, drama, science-fiction, action, heist, thriller, biopic, period drama - but changes the style of filmmaking as well, experimenting with any mode that will help the story.
* HeAlsoDid:
** Was Assistant Director on ''Film/TheHungerGames''.
** His first project after graduating from film school was a Music/{{Yes}} concert film.
* MindScrew: ''Schizopolis''. Non-stop.
* NonActorVehicle: ''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 MixedMartialArts fighter Gina Carano, who also followed up with more roles.
* PenName: When he's a Cinematographer or Editor, he's credited under, respectively, [[MeaningfulName "Peter Andrews" and "Mary Ann Bernard".]]
* PopStarComposer: Has worked with Cliff Martinez and David Holmes.
* ProductionPosse: Collaborates with writer Scott Z. Burns, Creator/MattDamon, Creator/GeorgeClooney, Eddie Jemison and Channing Tatum. And when he's not editing his own movies, Stephen Mirrione is his editor.
* RenaissanceMan: Is a Director, Writer, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer and Painter.