Make Shift

Make Shift


Please note: This event took place in June 2022

Make Shift is a space for 18-30 year old creatives to come together in the Pervasive Media Studio at Watershed on the first Tuesday evening of each month. This is an opportunity to meet other creatives in the city, use one of our hot desk spaces, seek advice on your creative project or next steps in your career in a welcoming environment.

Each month we’ll have a guest from the Pervasive Media Studio who works professionally in the creative industries who will speak about their work and can give advice. Guest speakers will be experts in their field, from VR film makers to finance professionals.

This time we are focusing on...Storytelling!

It could be argued that storytelling is the foundation of all creative practise, from filmmaking to audio production, and illustration to poetry. The way we tell a story can make a massive impact ontheway people engage in our work.

We will be joined by Bex Rose, a producer on the BFI Network short film Pickney, who will share with us how to develop and tell a story and how good storytelling can open many funding opportunities.

About Bex Rose

Bex Rose produces short films, working across a variety of mediums including drama, documentary, dance and spoken word. Bex works as Watershed's Digital Content Editor for Rife Magazine and Producer for the BFI Film Academy at Watershed. Often working with new and emerging filmmakers she supports them in developing their creativity and digital skills, helping them tell their stories and find pathways into the creative industries. Bex has been a producer mentor for Random ActsSouth Westand BBC New Creatives and has also worked on the BFI Film Academy at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Bex produced the BFI Network short films Pickney and The Piss Witch and the short BBC drama To Topknot or Not.

Watershed staff will regularly touch base with Make Shift attendees to see how best we can support you and make this space relevant and useful to creatives at the beginning to middle of your career journeys.


  • Find out about Watershed, the Pervasive Media Studio and what we offer to South West based creatives
  • A chilled space where you can hot-desk for an evening
  • Meeting spaces to speak about creative projects
  • Talks from experts on anything from finding funds for your project to how to do your tax return

You are welcome to arrive from 17:30. The hosted element of the event will start at 18:00 and finish at 19:30. Thereafter, you are invited to continue conversations or use our hot desks to do your own work in the Pervasive Media Studio until 21:00. Don't worry if you can't make it for the beginning of the session or stay for the whole session.

Keeping Each Other Safe

If you are joining us in person, here is some useful information on what we expect from you and what you can expect from us.

We ask you to please do the following:

  • Where possible, take a lateral flow test before attending the event.
  • Wear a mask when moving around the building, unless you are exempt. You are welcome to take it off when seated and if you are eating or drinking.
  • Wash your hands regularly and/or use the hand sanitiser provided.
  • Avoid shaking hands with other attendees.
  • Socially distance at the event, wherever possible.
  • Do not attend if you have any Covid symptoms or have been advised to self-isolate.

To help keep staff and visitors safe, Watershed staff will do the following:

  • Make sure that the venue is well-ventilated (the space can get cold, so we suggest wearing a jumper or coat).
  • Clean equipment between uses.
  • Manage the capacity to make sure spaces do not get too crowded.

About Pervasive Media Studio

The Pervasive Media Studio hosts an international community of over 100 artists, companies, technologists, and academics exploring experience design and creative technology. We are a space for risk taking and early ideas; for the kind of projects and questions that inhabit the meeting points of art, technology, and society.