Studio-t is a point of reference for International Castings in Rome
With a professional commitment that ranges from film and television productions
To big advertising campaigns.
Founded in 1985 by Lilia Hartmann Trapani and Roberto Trapani, it is a reference point for international casting, with a professional commitment that ranges from film and television productions to major advertising campaigns.
Located in the heart of Rome, within walking distance to Saint Peters, Studio-t will welcome you in its bright and spacious rooms. Our friendly and collaborative, multilingual staff will help you to solve any problem!
LILIA HARTMANN TRAPANI
In a certain sense, you could say that I was “born” into this job, being the daughter of Italy’s first casting director, Isa Bartalini. After a short training period as an AD and casting assistant, I started my own freelance career and founded Studio-t in 1985.
Over the long course of this experience, I have witnessed the evolution of the casting profession, both in Italy and internationally, and I have developed a real passion for mastering all the different aspects of this fascinating job: from involving A-list actors in a project to discovering and nurturing the new generation of talent, from street casting to casting for major international co-productions, from supporting young directors casting for their first movie to casting for major advertising campaigns.
This passion, and the desire to consolidate the CD profession, pushed me to write a book entitled “The Casting Director’s Craft,” which will be coming out this fall.
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of working with directors such as Martin Scorsese, Manuel de Oliveira, Lasse Hallstrom, Ridley Scott, Ben Stiller, David Garth and Ildiko Enyedi.
I am a member of the Italian Casting Directors Union (UICD), of the Casting Society of America (CSA) and I am a member of the board of the International Casting Director Network (ICDN). I am a member ofAcademy of Italian Cinema and the European Film Academy.
I’ll be happy to speak with you in English, German, French, Spanish and, of course, in Italian.
My collaboration with Studio-t dates back to 1994 when, at a very young age, I joined the staff as a cameraman. By attending all the auditions in this way, I began to get passionate about the craft: from knowing the actors, understanding their characteristics and evaluating their talent to knowing how to direct them during the audition to help them give their best.
Beginning to take care of the organization and implementation of the casting becomes a priority for me. The transition is gradual, I leave the camera and become an assistant, then the growth path leads me to prepare and direct the first advertising castings;
initially the simpler ones and gradually, with the acquisition of greater skills, the more complicated and full of characters. After a quarter of a century, advertising castings, even those with the most bizarre requests, are now daily bread.
In the meantime I became a partner of the studio and I started collaborating with Lilia also in the preparation and realization of film and television castings, from "Eat Pray Love” by Ryan Murphy to “Mary Magdalene” by David Garth, to “Killing Eve”, until “Francesco” by Liliana Cavani and “L’Aquila” by Marco Risi.
I am part of UICD.
I have always been passionate about cinema, so much so that since I was a teenager I wanted to enter this world professionally. After graduating in Film History and Criticism, attending a directing course at New York University and an acting course with Susan Strasberg, I begin to work as a volunteer in the direction department on film sets with collaborations with Studio-t.
At first on camera, then slowly moving on to direct the cast. Soon I become an assistant director and I often happen to add to this role that of casting director. Over the years I have gained valuable experience working for many international directors such as Ridley Scott, David Lynch, Jane Campion, Anthony Minghella, Takata Masahiro, Kosai Sekine, Jane Campion, Garth Davis, and with actors such as Gerard Depardieu, Philippe Noiret, Sharon Stone, Keira Knightley , Richard Gere and Sophia Loren.
In 2005 I started my activity as a film maker, with works ranging from short film to music video, from documentary to video art. “Lin Fei”, a short film about a Taiji master who emigrated to the city of Rome, was competing in various international festivals. "Slowly", a video installation, was presented during the 2010 edition of the contemporary art exhibition, Adrenalina.
My feature film project "The Egg"Was selected to be presented at the Asian Project Market, at the Busan International Film Festival 2018, in South Korea.
In the meantime I continue tirelessly to work in casting and as an assistant director.
Always passionate about cinema, I started working during my studies at the University, dealing with casting, shootings and sometimes editing.
However, casting is my greatest passion, infact “Casting as Strategic Element of the Audio-Visual Production” was the title of my Masters degree.
I started my collaboration with Studio t in January 2007, first as a trainee and then as an assistant in Italian and international casting, both in advertising and in cinema.
Throughout the years, gaining more experience, I have personally followed some castings.
Always convinced that each role, from the simplest to the most complex one, is unique and fundamental and it should be found accurately, even sometimes proposing someone ‘’out of the box”.
I think that is crucial to meet and know as many actors as possible, especially talented young people, and discover them at theatres, academies, and even in unusual places. In addition to this, another essential aspect is to be always up to date of the latest film productions.
I consider it a wonderful job.
I am part of UICD.