Bay Area International Children's Film Festival 2021

Pixar "LUCA" Talk with Enrico Casarosa and Daniela Strijleva

Expired July 26, 2021 6:45 AM
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Watch an exclusive BAICFF interview about Pixar's newest film "LUCA" with Director Enrico Casarosa and Production Designer Daniela Strijleva!

And make sure to check out "LUCA" on Disney+!

Enrico Casarosa


Pixar Animation Studios

Enrico Casarosa joined Pixar Animation Studios in January 2002. He began as a story artist on “Cars” before moving on to work on the Academy Award®-winning feature films “Ratatouille” and “Up.” He made his directorial debut with the Academy Award®-nominated short film, “La Luna,” which screened theatrically with “Brave” in 2012. He then went on to work on “The Good Dinosaur” and the Academy Award®-winning feature “Coco.” Casarosa then turned his sights to his own feature film, and is currently directing Disney and Pixar’s “Luca,” which is set to release on Disney+ on June 18, 2021.

Casarosa found early influences in Hayao Miyazaki’s work and grew up watching Miyazaki’s television series in Italy. Born and raised in Genoa, Casarosa moved to New York City in his twenties, to study animation at the School of Visual Arts and Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  

Before coming to Pixar, Casarosa worked as a storyboard artist at Blue Sky Studios on “Ice Age” and “Robots.” He also worked as a background designer and storyboard artist for a number of Disney Channel Television Series’ including “101 Dalmatians” and “PB&J Otters.”  

Casarosa currently lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife, daughter, and three chickens. 

Daniela Strijleva

Production Designer

Pixar Animation Studios

Daniela Strijleva joined Pixar Animation Studios in 2008. She has worked on several projects including the Academy Award®-winning features “Toy Story 3,” “Coco,” and “Toy Story 4.” She also worked on “Monsters University,” “The Good Dinosaur” and “Onward,” in addition to several short films including Academy Award® nominees “La Luna” and “Day and Night.” Strijleva most recently worked as the Production Designer on Disney and Pixar’s upcoming feature film “Luca,” which is set to release on Disney+ on June 18, 2021.

As a production designer, Strijleva oversees a team of artists and designers in creating the visuals for the film based on the director's vision. The art that she manages touches all aspects of the production, beginning with the characters and their stories to the environments, graphics, effects, lighting and color design. Strijleva collaborates with her technical counterparts in the final execution and translation of these ideas to the screen.

Prior to Pixar, Strijleva was part of the Canadian animation industry, working in 2D animation for TV commercials and at the National Film Board of Canada.

Spending her early childhood in Bulgaria, Strijleva moved with her family to Montreal,

Canada and was an avid film lover from an early age. She went on to study classical animation at Sheridan College in Toronto before moving to the United States.

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