Daniel Moder

Daniel Moder

Moder on the set of Highland Park
Born Daniel Richard Moder
(1969-01-31) January 31, 1969
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Vera Steimberg (m. 1997; div. 2002)
Julia Roberts (m. 2002)
Children 3

Daniel Richard Moder (born January 31, 1969) is an American cinematographer known for his work in such films like Secret in Their Eyes, The Mexican, and Fireflies in the Garden. He has a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his cinematography in the television film The Normal Heart, directed by Ryan Murphy and starring his wife Julia Roberts.[1]

Early life & education

Moder was born in Los Angeles, California to producer Mike Moder and Patricia Ann Watz. He has four siblings: John, Jyl, Jane, and Debbie. Moder graduated from Saint Monica High School in 1987 and earned a degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado - Boulder in 1992.[2]


Moder began his career as a production assistant in the 1995 action film Crimson Tide. The following year, he worked on the set of the 1996 sports drama film The Fan. From then, he worked in the Camera and Electrical Department on films like The Brave, Enemy of the State, The Big Tease, and Tuesdays with Morrie. He made his debut as a cinematographer in the short comedy film Kid Quick. As a cinematographer, he has since worked on films like Grand Champion, Border, The Hit, Fireflies in the Garden, Jesus Henry Christ, Highland Park, Plush, The Normal Heart, and Secret in Their Eyes. Moder has also worked on a number of short films as a cinematographer. He continues to pursue jobs in the Camera and Electrical Department with films such as The Mexican, Full Frontal, Mona Lisa Smile, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Friends with Money, and Spider-Man 3.

Personal life

Moder was previously married to Vera Steimberg from 1997 to 2002. He met his wife, actress Julia Roberts, on the set of her film The Mexican in 2000. After his divorce from Steimberg was finalised, he and Roberts wed on July 4, 2002,[3] in a small ceremony at her ranch in Taos, New Mexico.[4] They have three children together: twins Hazel Patricia Moder and Phinnaeus "Finn" Walter Moder (born November 28, 2004)[5] and son Henry Daniel Moder (born June 18, 2007).[6]


Year Film Notes
1995 Crimson Tide Production assistant
1996 Fan, TheThe Fan Camera loader
1997 The Brave Camera loader
1998 Enemy of the State Second assistant camera
1999 The Big Tease Additional assistant camera
1999 Tuesdays with Morrie Second assistant camera
2000 Jerks First assistant camera
2000 Lucky Numbers Second assistant camera
2000 Kid Quick Cinematographer
2001 The Mexican Cinematographer
2002 Sand Production assistant
2002 Grand Champion Cinematographer
2002 Full Frontal First assistant camera
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Director of photography
2004 The Forgotten Camera operator
2004 The San Cristobal Ranch Academy Film Cinematographer
2004 Roadie Cinematographer
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Camera operator
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Camera operator (uncredited)
2006 Freedomland Camera operator
2006 Friends with Money Camera operator
2006 Déjà Vu Camera operator
2007 Seraphim Falls Camera operator
2007 Spider-Man 3 Camera operator
2007 Border Cinematographer
2007 The Hit Cinematographer
2007 The Brass Teapot Cinematographer
2007 The Kopper Kettle Cinematographer
2008 Fireflies in the Garden Cinematographer
2009 Grace Cinematographer
2010 180° South Cinematographer
2010 In Dreams I Run Wild Cinematographer
2011 Jesus Henry Christ Cinematographer
2013 Highland Park Cinematographer
2013 Plush Cinematographer
2013 Urban Migration Cinematographer
2015 Secret in Their Eyes Cinematographer
2015 Point Break Camera operator
2016 Heaven's Floor Additional photography
Year Title Notes
2011 Extraordinary Moms Television film, cinematographer
2014 The Normal Heart Television film, cinematographer
2016 Animal Kingdom Episode: "Pilot", cinematographer
2016 The Last Tycoon Television pilot

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Cinematogprahy for a Miniseries or Movie[1] The Normal Heart Nominated
2014 OFTA Television Award Best Cinematography in a Non-Series The Normal Heart Nominated


  1. 1 2 "65th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Emmys. 2014.
  2. "Daniel Moder". IMDb.
  3. "Danny Moder and Julia Roberts Wedding". Celebrity Bride Guide. July 4, 2004. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  4. "Hideaway Bride". People. July 11, 2002. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  5. "Happy Birthday, Hazel and Phinnaeus Moder!". Hollywoodlife. November 28, 2010.
  6. "Julia Roberts Welcomes a Baby Boy". People. June 18, 2007.
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