How to Make a Short Film


with Chuckie McEwan

3 week course

12th May – 26th May 2021

Wednesdays 13:00 – 16:00

Location: Wildcard Studios

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How to Make a Short Film

How can you make a festival worthy short on a budget?  Where do you start if you want to make a film with little or no experience? From short films to social media content, this course will look at the process of producing short form content. From what makes a commissionable script, to how to facilitate your production on a shoestring, this course will be a practical and creative demonstration from commissioner, lecturer and award winning film producer Chuckie McEwan.


When: 12th May – 26th May (every Wednesday)

Time: 13:00-16:00

Where: Wildcard Studios, 18 Balderton Street, London, W1K 6TG


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Session 1  – What Works?
In this session we’ll explore the value of ideas, storytelling, and the language of cinema. We’ll look at some examples of short form content and discuss what works about them and why.
Session 2 – Collaboration
You probably can’t make a film entirely on your own, so you’ll need to get other people behind your idea to make it a reality. In this session we’ll cover standard pitching requirements, available resources to find your team, and funding avenues. Participants will be invited to pitch their short film ideas for group critique.
Session 3 – The Process
A rundown of logistics and standard processes from scheduling and budgeting to call sheets and basic copyright, this is a quick fire checklist of what you need and why you need it, to realistically shoot your film; legally, safely and efficiently. This session will round off with a troubleshooting section where I can give practical advice to help participants with challenges and solutions unique to their projects.


About Chuckie

Chuckie McEwan is an award-winning producer from South East London, with over 12 years experience in live-action, animation, VFX, documentary, commercial, broadcast, and short film. She lectures in Film Production at University of the Arts London, on BA and MA filmmaking courses, and leads short courses and community workshops in filmmaking for varied age groups. The principle underpinning all of her work is a commitment to accessible learning, and expanding filmic dialogues. Chuckie co-runs Grey Moth; a commercial production company bridging the gap between grassroots talent and commercial video production. Operating as a network of filmmakers and creatives, Grey Moth allocates a percentage of their profits to funding and facilitating original films, and amplifying emerging voices. Chuckie’s clients include; Disney, Chanel, BFI, M&C Saatchi, Virgin Media, BBC, Red Bull, and Xbox.



At Wildcard we believe everyone should have the chance to be creative. We want all our courses to be as open and inclusive as possible to anyone that wants to take part. We are aware that the cost of workshops and regular training is a key barrier in our industry for many people.

With this in mind, we are pleased to be able to offer 2 free places on each course.

If you are interested, please email bursaries@wildcardtheatre.co.uk with the workshop title as the subject and tell us a bit about you and why you feel that this would help you.

Bursary places will be offered out no later than 2 weeks before the course begins.

For further enquiries please email emily@wildcardtheatre.co.uk