->''"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 January 14, 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 being extremely prolific compared to his peers, 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 claimed in 2013 that his cinematic career was at an end and planned 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'', later acted as cinematographer and editor on ''Magic Mike XXL'', and fully moved back into feature film directing with ''Film/LoganLucky''.

!!Films directed by him include:
* ''Film/SexLiesAndVideotape'' (1989)
* ''Film/{{Kafka}}'' (1991)
* ''Film/KingOfTheHill'' (1993)
* ''Film/{{Schizopolis}}'' (1996)
* ''Film/OutOfSight'' (1998)
* ''Film/TheLimey'' (1999)
* ''Film/ErinBrockovich'' (2000) - for which Creator/JuliaRoberts won an Oscar
* ''Film/{{Traffic}}'' (2000) - for which he won an Oscar
* ''Film/OceansEleven'' (2001)
* ''Film/FullFrontal'' (2002)
* ''[[Film/{{Solaris2002}} Solaris]]'' (2002)
* ''Film/OceansTwelve'' (2004)
* ''Film/{{Bubble}}'' (2005)
* ''Film/OceansThirteen'' (2007)
* ''Film/{{Che}}'' (2008) - a two-part film
* ''Film/TheGirlfriendExperience'' (2009)
* ''Film/TheInformant2009'' (2009)
* ''Film/{{Contagion}}'' (2011)
* ''Film/{{Haywire}}'' (2011)
* ''Film/MagicMike'' (2012)
* ''Film/SideEffects'' (2013)
* ''Film/BehindTheCandelabra'' (2013)
* ''Series/TheKnick'' (2014) - his first television series
* ''Film/LoganLucky'' (2017)
* ''Film/{{Unsane}}'' (2018)
* ''High Flying Bird'' (2019)

!!Tropes applying to his work:

* 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''.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He's an extremely prolific, accomplished director, but one visit to [[http://extension765.com/ his website]] reveals him to be an ''odd'' fellow.
* {{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, since a movie director or anyone who wants to work creatively in the business, needs to have that same grit and spirit.
* 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 enjoys making movies in diverse genres -- comedy, drama, science-fiction, action, heist, thriller, biopic, period drama -- and his movies feature a lot of shifts in style and tone, experimenting with any mode that will help the story.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: While it can sometimes go towards BlackAndGreyMorality, this is usually where it lands.
* 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 UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts fighter Gina Carano, who also followed up with more roles.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: Inevitably shows up in his heist films, to fully explain how the robbers perfectly pull it off.
* PenName: When he's a Cinematographer or Editor, he's credited under, respectively, [[MeaningfulName "Peter Andrews" and "Mary Ann Bernard".]] One wonders if ''Logan Lucky'''s mysterious scriptwriter, "Rebecca Blunt", is yet another instance of this.
* PopStarComposer: Has worked with Cliff Martinez and David Holmes.
* RenaissanceMan: Is a Director, Writer, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer and Painter.
* SignatureStyle: Soderbergh often takes familiar plots for stories and mixes it stylistic choices, usually through clever editing.