Eric Steelberg

American cinematographer

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Eric Steelberg
Born (1977-04-01) April 1, 1977 (age 44)
Years active1994-present

Eric Wesley Steelberg (born April 1, 1977) is an American cinematographer. He is a frequent collaborator of Jason Reitman, having worked with him on Juno (2007), Up in the Air (2009), Young Adult (2011), Labor Day (2013), Men, Women & Children (2014), Tully (2018), and Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021).

Early life

Steelberg was born in 1977 in the Northridge suburb of Los Angeles.[1] His father was a lawyer while his mother was a homemaker. He was interested in film and photography from a young age; in high school, he took photography classes and started a filmmaking club. Haskell Wexler once visited the club to discuss cinematography, which Steelberg described as "a religious experience for me and instrumental in becoming the resident camera geek".[2] After high school, he studied still photography at Santa Monica College and planned to transfer to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, but he left Santa Monica after two years without graduating.[2]


Steelberg shot his first film, a short film named The Quiz which was directed by one of his friends, a student at the University of Southern California, when he was 15.[2] In 1999, he shot the short film H@ for writer–director Jason Reitman, whom Steelberg had known in high school, followed by Reitman's In God We Trust in 2000. He went on to work with Reitman on commercials that Reitman directed before moving on to film commercials and short films for other directors.[2]

Steelberg's first feature film as a cinematographer was Quinceañera, released in 2006. After it was released, he was approached by Jason Reitman, who asked him to shoot Juno, which Reitman was directing. His next project was 500 Days of Summer (2009); he was recommended to Marc Webb, the film's director, by one of the producers of Juno. He shot Nanette Burstein's romantic comedy Going the Distance, released in 2010.[2] He collaborated with Reitman on several more films: Up in the Air (2009), Young Adult (2011), Labor Day (2013), and Men, Women & Children (2014). As of 2015, Steelberg has shot five feature films for Reitman.[3] Both Juno and Up in the Air received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture.[4]

In television, Steelberg has photographed the pilot episode of Lone Star and the second season of Eastbound & Down.[4] He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC)[3] and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).[4]

On November 11, 2020, it was reported that Steelberg will serve as the director of cinematography on the Marvel Studios' Hawkeye series.[5]


Feature films

Year Title Director
1996 Waiting for Mo Zaki Gordon
2005 Overachievers Jim Kehoe
Age of Kali Rafal Zielinski
2006 Quinceañera Richard Glatzer
Wash Westmoreland
2007 Numb Harris Goldberg
Juno Jason Reitman
2009 500 Days of Summer Marc Webb
Bandslam Todd Graff
Up in the Air Jason Reitman
2010 Going the Distance Nanette Burstein
2011 Young Adult Jason Reitman
2013 Labor Day
2014 Draft Day Ivan Reitman
Men, Women & Children Jason Reitman
2017 Baywatch Seth Gordon
2018 Tully Jason Reitman
The Front Runner
2019 Dolemite Is My Name Craig Brewer
2021 Ghostbusters: Afterlife Jason Reitman

Short films

Year Title Director
1994 The Quiz Carl Rinsch
1999 H@ Jason Reitman
Dancing with Agnes Dan Harris
2000 In God We Trust Jason Reitman
Dot.Com Tariq Jalil
It's Not Unusual Kevin Estrada
Urban Chaos Theory Dan Harris
Little Sister Paul Bock
2001 Gulp Jason Reitman
Jane Dominic Cianciolo
2002 Uncle Sam Jason Reitman
Yo, Tyrone Carolyn Miller
2003 The Pick Up Olivia Rosewood
2004 Consent Jason Reitman
2005 Clown Karl T. Hirsch
Pretty Kitty Greg McDonald
Inner Balance Josh Eisenstadt
2006 Miles from Home Joel David Moore
Bathroom Break Michelle Baxter
Club Soda Paul Carafotes
2007 My Wife is Retarded Etan Cohen
Forecast Erik Courtney


Year Title Notes
2010 Lone Star
Eastbound & Down Season 2
2015 Wicked City Pilot episode
2016 Billions Pilot episode
2017 Crashing Pilot episode
The Good Doctor "Burnt Food" (Pilot episode)
2019 The Fix Pilot episode
2021 Hawkeye 3 episodes


  1. ^ "Clubhouse News". American Cinematographer. December 2012. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e Fisher, Bob (July 1, 2011). "ONFILM Interview: Eric Steelberg". InCamera. Kodak. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "ASC Instagram Featuring Steelberg". American Society of Cinematographers. May 1, 2015. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Baldridge, Aimee. "Interview: Cinematographer Eric Steelberg, ASC". Sekonic. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  5. ^ Fisher, Jacob. "Production Tidbits: 'Moon Knight', 'Aquaman 2', 'Ms. Marvel' and More". DiscussingFilm. Retrieved November 11, 2020.

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