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IMZ Academy Workshop 2023: "Live Multi-Camera Directing in Classical Music"

4 October 2023, online

7-11 November 2023, on-site in Lisbon (Portugal)

Hosted by The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation


The IMZ Academy Workshop 2023 provides directors, filmmakers and members of a digital + production team in orchestras or broadcast media a chance to master advanced skills and become a key player in the international cultural film business!


Under the tutelage of award-winning international director Peter Maniura and other renowned experts, participants will learn how to capture a live concert with a multi-camera setup. Participants will hone their skills by actively directing a concert film recording, offering an excellent opportunity to work with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and their state-of-the-art equipment and control room.


This course provides training for: 

  • directors who have never worked in classical music or never recorded a concert and seek to develop those skills 

  • directors who have some experience in working with musicians or orchestras and want to improve their skills with formal training 

  • single camera directors / film makers who would like to develop multi-camera skills specifically focused on classical music 

  • members of digital teams in orchestras or other music organisations seeking a basic foundation in these skills 

  • members of digital or production teams in broadcast media who wish to expand their skill base


The course aims to:  

  • outline best practices in visualising, scripting and directing large-scale orchestral work with a multi-camera set-up using both manned and remote-control cameras  

  • analyse the skill set of a director and good gallery technique  

  • explain how to camera script, explaining the grammar and musical basis thereof – including the framing of shots, the development of sequences, musical narrative, placing of cameras etc.     

  • describe commonly-used camera types and lenses 

  • offer hands-on scripting and directing experience  

  • offer guidance and critique of the scripting and directing set tasks. 


More to come soon! Limited spots available – please fill out your application and send to Max Güntert!

Tuesday, 7 - Saturday, 11 November 2023 hands-on workshop


Risto Joost


The young Estonian conductor Risto Joost has gained widespread recognition for his work both in the opera pit and on the concert stage. The trained singer and Conductor in Residence of the Estonian National Opera has already held major artistic positions, such as Chief Conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir from 2015 to 2019. Since 2020/21 Risto Joost is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Theatre Vanemuine Tartu. For his artistic activities in Estonia and abroad, Risto Joost received the music award of the Cultural Foundation in Estonia in 2016 and was awarded the Young Cultural Figure Award of the Estonian Republic in 2011.

Alexandra Dovgan


Alexandra Dovgan was born in 2007. At the age of five, her talent emerged when she passed the extremely competitive selections to join the Academic Central Music School of Moscow State Conservatory, where she is currently studying under renowned teacher Mira Marchenko. Alexandra was only 10 years old when she won the Grand Prix at the II International “Grand Piano Competition”; the recordings of this event have travelled the world on Medici.TV and YouTube. Despite her young age, Alexandra has already made her debut in some of the most prestigious concert halls, including the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Great Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Salzburg Festival.

Gulbenkian Orchestra

In 1962, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation decided to establish a permanent orchestral ensemble. Originally counting only twelve musicians, it was successively enlarged and today the “Orquestra Gulbenkian” has a permanent body of sixty instrumentalists, a number that can be expanded depending on the repertoire. This structure allows the Gulbenkian Orchestra to interpret works from the Baroque and Classical periods, a significant part of 19th century orchestral literature and much of the music of the 20th century. The orchestra performs a regular series of concerts at the Gulbenkian Grand Auditorium in Lisbon; it has also performed on numerous locations all over Portugal, in an effort to decentralize music and culture. The orchestra is constantly expanding its activities on the international level, performing in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.



Freelance Director + Digital Strategist, IMZ Academy Director

Peter is an award-winning TV producer and director with more than 25 years experience in music and arts broadcasting, formerly at the BBC and the EBU. He is also a digital media consultant and guest lecturer. At the BBC he was Project Director, Classical Archive and Orchestras Digital Strategy for BBC Music; opening up the BBC’s unique music archive to the public in new ways. Prior to this he was Head of Digital Development for BBC Arts covering festivals, events and performances across the art forms. He was also commissioner for BBC Arts Online, which he launched in May 2014. Previously he was Creative Director and Curator of the new experimental BBC/Arts Council England digital online arts service, ‘The Space’, which launched in May 2012 promoting digital innovation and creativity in the arts.


EMMY-nominated, multi-camera Director + Filmmaker

Krišs Russman is an EMMY-nominated, Royal Television Society (RTS) award-winning documentary and multi-camera director specialising in classical music broadcasts and recordings. He has made over 30 documentaries and filmed over 150 performances of concerts, opera, ballet, theatre and jazz for major broadcasters worldwide, including the BBC, Channel 4, ZDF, ARTE, NHK, PBS, WNET, RAI, DR, SVT, HR, HBO, Medici, Bravo, LSO Live, GSO Live and the Berlin Phiharmonic's Digital Concert Hall. His company, Twelfth Year Digital Media (TYDM), makes documentaries and music performance recordings for international distribution. It also provides facilities and staff to broadcast live multi-camera events and advises on the installation of remote-control camera systems for the streaming of symphonic music and opera.


Script Supervisor/ Tutor Film + Television training

Yvonne is an experienced script supervisor and production manager. She specialises in a wide range of multi-camera music, event + entertainment programmes including live broadcasts. Originally trained at the BBC, Yvonne has worked freelance for independent production companies in the UK such as The Royal Opera House and English National Opera. Music programmes include The BBC Proms, Cardiff Singer of the World, Paul McCartney in Kiev; drama such as The Railway Children and Shakespeare performances at the Donmar Warehouse; The Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey. Apart from the UK, she has worked on multi-camera productions in Mexico City, Monaco, St Petersburg, Riga, Muscat, Jordan, Chicago and Berlin. She has been a visiting tutor at the London College of Communication and also the UK National Film & Television School for over 20 years, where she is Lead Tutor of the script supervisor training course in continuity and television skills.



Max Güntert
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