Daniel Richard Moder
January 31, 1969
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
(m. 1997; div. 2002)
Daniel Richard Moder (born January 31, 1969) is an American cinematographer known for his work in such films as Secret in Their Eyes, The Mexican, and Fireflies in the Garden. He is married to actress Julia Roberts. He received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his cinematography in the television film The Normal Heart.
Early life and education
Moder was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer Mike Moder and Patricia Ann Watz. He has four siblings. Moder graduated from Saint Monica High School in 1987 and earned a degree in psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1992.
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.
Moder was previously married to Vera Steimberg from 1997 to 2002. He met his second wife, actress Julia Roberts, on the set of her film The Mexican in 2000. After his divorce from Steimberg was finalized, he and Roberts wed on July 4, 2002, in a small ceremony at her ranch in Taos, New Mexico. Together, they have three children: twins, a daughter Hazel Patricia and a son Phinnaeus Walter born November 28, 2004, and another son, Henry Daniel born June 18, 2007.
|1995||Crimson Tide||Production assistant|
|1996||The 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|
|2001||The Mexican||Assistant Camera|
|2002||Full Frontal||First assistant camera|
|2003||Mona Lisa Smile||Director of photography: 2nd Unit|
|2004||The Forgotten||Camera operator|
|2004||The San Cristobal Ranch Academy Film||Cinematographer|
|2005||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Camera operator|
|2005||Fun with Dick and Jane||Camera operator (uncredited)|
|2006||Friends with Money||Camera operator|
|2006||Déjà Vu||Camera operator|
|2007||Seraphim Falls||Camera operator|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||Camera operator|
|2007||The Kopper Kettle||Cinematographer|
|2008||Fireflies in the Garden||Cinematographer|
|2010||In Dreams I Run Wild||Cinematographer|
|2011||Jesus Henry Christ||Cinematographer|
|2015||Secret in Their Eyes||Cinematographer|
|2015||Point Break||Camera operator|
|2016||Heaven's Floor||Additional photography|
|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|
|2019||Dead to Me||Cinematographer|
Awards and nominations
|2014||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie||The Normal Heart||Nominated|
|2014||OFTA Television Award||Best Cinematography in a Non-Series||The Normal Heart||Nominated|
- "Daniel Moder". IMDb.
- "Danny Moder and Julia Roberts Wedding". Celebrity Bride Guide. July 4, 2004. Archived from the original on February 12, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
- "Hideaway Bride". People. July 11, 2002. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
- Fuller, Bonnie (November 28, 2010). "Happy Birthday, Hazel and Phinnaeus Moder!". Hollywoodlife.
- "Julia Roberts Welcomes a Baby Boy". People. June 18, 2007.
- "65th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Emmys. 2014.