Eric’s fascination with movies began in childhood with the arrival of home video. While most children were playing outside, he was glued to the television watching rented movies and cable TV. Of the few videocassettes his parents owned, “THE BLACK STALLION,” “STAR WARS,” and “THE RIGHT STUFF” were a few of the movies watched over and over. He began to realize he was relating not only to the story of the film, but also the look and feel. It wasn’t until “EMPIRE OF THE SUN” that he learned the word ‘cinematographer.’ This is where his love for film began.
In 2006 Steelberg broke out into the feature film world with “QUINCEAÑERA,” which earned both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prizes at the Sundance Film Fesitval. Since then, Steelberg has found success with director Jason Reitman on numerous films including “JUNO,” “UP IN THE AIR,” “YOUNG ADULT,”  “LABOR DAY,” and “MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN.” In 2016 he completed principal photography on Paramount Pictures’ “BAYWATCH” and the independent feature “TULLY.” “JUNO” and “UP IN THE AIR” both garnered Academy Award® nominations for Best Picture. In addition to those films, he has also photographed the Golden Globe and Spirit Award nominated “(500) DAYS OF SUMMER,” “BANDSLAM,” and “GOING THE DISTANCE.”  Always searching for diversity, Steelberg also tried his hand in television by shooting the pilot Showtime’s “BILLIONS” and season two of HBO’s “Eastbound and Down.”   When not involved in feature films, he fills his schedule shooting commercials for some of the biggest corporations in the world. Occasionally, this work takes him to locations around the globe.
In 2012 Eric became the youngest member ever invited for membership into the American Society of Cinematographers, in which he also co-chairs a web committee. He has been a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences since 2011 and is currently in his second term as a member of the Executive Committee, Cinematographer’s Branch. When time allows, Steelberg has also spent time participating in educational outreach by making himself available for school visits and master classes. He is born, raised, and currently resides in Los Angeles.