Erika Dapkewicz is the lead editor on Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming original animated musical “Vivo," which features brand new songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creative force behind the Broadway smash “Hamilton." In her role, Dapkewicz oversees bringing the story to life on-screen, by seaming together visuals, dialogue, and sound effects among other components to create scenes through each stage of production – from layout, to animation and lighting, and eventually the film’s final look.
Prior to joining Sony Pictures Animation, Dapkewicz served as lead editor on several DreamWorks Animation projects such as “Puss in Boots,” “Monsters vs. Aliens,” “The Croods,” “Flushed Away,” and “Trolls Holiday.”
Dapkewicz began her career at Walt Disney Animation Studios on editorial crews for features like “Lilo & Stitch,” “John Henry,” “Mulan,” and “Pocahontas.” In 2012, Dapkewicz co-wrote and directed a live action film from of The Orchard titled “Paradox Alice.”
Growing up, she wanted to be a filmmaker and storyteller, and Disney’s 1991 “Beauty and the Beast” inspired her to focus on animated films. Dapkewicz went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Television from California State University Fullerton, as well as take additional Editing and Cinematography courses at University of California, Los Angeles.
Dapkewicz has two children, and currently resides in Marina Del Rey. She is a member of the American Cinema Editors and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. A musician and composer, she’s also in an independent band called, “Imaginarius.”