The Heart of  The Technique™, Joan Scheckel's game-changing approach to Film, Episodic and Commercial artistic craft. 

In this playful, rigorous, 4 Day intensive Lab, you will discover tools to access the emotional core of your work. Learn how Feeling connects to Action and Rhythm, and use it to empower every level of your creativity! 

This essential, craft packed weekend delivers tools to:

  1. Connect to the authentic, emotional core of your work
  2. Learn what Feeling is and how to practically access it with truth and immediacy 
  3. Apply Feeling to character, action and journey to create unforgettable stories and performances!

Day 1: The Four Essentials of Story and Performance

First, we focus on clarifying the 4 Essentials of your screenplay, episodic, or character. Break down and specify the key feelings central to your:

  1. Nugget
  2. World
  3. Character
  4. Relationship 

Use this clarity to:

  1. Connect to the Emotional Core of your Story
  2. Investigate your Character’s Nature and Backstory
  3. Define the World of your Story 
  4. Explore the Tone of your work
  5. Create a Crib Sheet that brings coherence to your approach

Day 2: Feeling, Music and Rhythm

Explore what Feeling actually is. Demystify how to give it practical language in your artistic work. Delve into the core physical exercises of The Technique™ and learn how to access Feelings physically, emotionally, intellectually and creatively. Use these tools to:

  1. Embody the Feelings central to your screenplay, episodic, or character
  2. Translate Feeling into movement, painting, music and rhythm 
  3. Fearlessly embody the Inner Life of your story or character

Day 3: Character Journey and World

Using movement, music, writing, drawing and visualization exercises, investigate your character’s journey through the story. Then, using music and movement and the essentials of Rhythm, learn how to create a visceral sense of the World in which your story takes place.

Use these tools to:

  1. Deepen your understanding of your script structure and performance
  2. Connect to feeling as a source of rhythm, blocking  pacing and interpretation
  3. Define and visualize the world of your project in practical terms
  4. Unleash your creativity and play your way to emotional truth

Day 4: Online Q & A

After the weekend intensive, a Monday night Q & A via Zoom allows you to slow down and integrate the learning. This lively night is always full of surprises as you connect with yourselves, each other and the work. 

Recap all the new tools the Lab has delivered!

  1. Ground as a group 
  2. Ask Joan your burning questions!


March 22-25, 2024

  1. Friday 3/22 - 7:00pm-10:00pm PT
  2. Saturday 3/23 - 1:00pm-7:00pm PT
  3. Sunday 3/24 - 1:00pm-7:00pm PT
  4. Monday 3/25 - 7:00pm-9:00pm PT - Online Q & A


Hands On Only.  Join Joan in-person for a hands-on experience in Los Angeles. (Limited class size.)

Hands On Location:

MiMoDa Studio

5774 W. Pico Blvd 

Los Angeles, CA 90019

Maplink: Click Here!

FLMS COVID Guidelines

  • We look forward to having a safe and joyful embodied practice in the Lab. Please note that we are keeping a close eye on the CDC and LA County guidelines. You will be updated on our practices prior to the course.


The course is designed for professionals who wish to bring their skills to the next level.

The Tuition per participant is: $2,860

Once accepted, you must register and remit tuition in order to hold your spot.

We love teams and groups that want to take the Lab together! Should you choose to study with your team, please note the tuition price is per participant, not per group. 

  • You may pay by credit card.
  • Payment Plans are available.
  • Feel free to Email Us with questions!


  1. New Students are required to apply via the Application Form at the bottom of the page. 
  2. JSFL Alumni can Enroll directly via the checkout at the bottom of the page.

Class size is limited.

You will be placed on a waitlist should the Lab be at capacity. 


  1. There are no cancellations or refunds after booking.

  2. Students are responsible for payment in full whether or not they chose to attend all class sessions.


There is no need to bring a project, the techniques learned can be applied to all fields in any entertainment platform. Up your game, whether you are pitching, writing, acting, cinematographer, directing, designing or producing.

Although specific material is not necessary for The Lab Series, students sometimes like to bring in specific projects to refer to as Joan goes through the exercises.


By attending a Lab, you receive access to our exclusive, curated community of incredibly talented JSFL alumni.

Find creative connection and support with like-minded artists via the Lab via Slack, Happy Hours, Ongoing Classes/ Generators, Alumni Meetups (both on zoom and in person!)

Dynamic, personalized, interactive experiences with your colleagues allow you to practice the tools you are learning, and apply them to your own work!


  1. Sweats, yoga clothes (no jeans), and sneakers, as if you were going to the gym.

  2. No belts, earrings, or jewelry please. We want you to protect your bodies during floor work!

  3. Please note the lab is physical, you are free to observe at your comfort level. Please be respectful of your body and do not participate in the physical work if you have any physical injuries, illness, are on any medications, or are pregnant.


  1. These are advanced classes for professional artists interested in exploring new practices, pushing their boundaries, and going deep.
  2. The Labs are physical.
  3. The work is feeling-based.
  4. Please note you may find the work to be uncomfortable. 
  5. There will be a mix of lecture and active exercises designed to investigate the meaning, structure and emotional core of your project.
  6. You are welcome to observe or participate according to your comfort level, whether you are in person, or online.


Whether you are Directing, Writing, Acting, or Producing, The Technique™ is essential in taking your career to the next level! The Lab Series is designed for Film, Episodic, Commercial, and all content creators. It may be attended individually …or by the entire team. 

  1. Directors

  2. Writers 

  3. Actors 

  4. Producers 

  5. Executives

  6. Production 

  7. Designers 

  8. Cinematographers

  9. Editors

  10. Brand Directors

  11. Any creatives are interested in Story!



The Technique™ is the first, and only, entirely new approach to dramatic craft to be developed since The Method. A paradigm shifting approach to writing, directing and acting, The Technique throws out conflict as the source of story - and instead puts Meaning at the core.

The Technique is now the most influential craft utilized in Hollywood, impacting scores of groundbreaking films and tv shows, including Whale Rider, Little Miss Sunshine, Beginners and Transparent. Joan created the tools of The Technique through her own search for meaning in story, and evolved them by working closely on 84 features with first time or early career writer/directors. 83 of those features have been released. 74 came to Joan without finished scripts, stars, producers or financing. Altogether the projects have earned over 800 award nominations and 400 wins, including major category nods at the Oscars and Emmys.


Writer/Director/Producer/Teacher Joan Scheckel is the internationally renowned creator of The Technique™, the most influential new approach to writing, directing and filmmaking craft in Hollywood today. Joan is known as the “director’s guru” and as a master teacher in the tradition of Stanislavski, Strasberg and Joseph Campbell. Joan’s groundbreaking work challenges our cultural addiction to conflict and calls for a new storytelling paradigm that embraces feeling and meaning. Her innovations inform every level of the mise en scène, from writing, acting, directing to visual style.

Joan trains and then teams with directors to develop, workshop, write, direct and produce material from the ground up. Including such iconic hits as: Niki Caro’s Oscar Nominee Whale Rider, Dayton/Faris’s Oscar Winner Little Miss Sunshine, Mike Mills’s Oscar Winner Beginners (Executive Producer), Joey Soloway’s Emmy Winner Transparent (Consulting Producer), Joey Soloway’s Golden Globe Nominee I Love Dick (Producer), Sarah Shapiro’s Peabody Award Winner UnREAL, Rupert Sanders’s Oscar Nominee Snow White and the Huntsman, Nick Jarecki’s Golden Globe Nominee Arbitrage, Sacha Gervasi’s Spirit Award Winner Anvil Story of Anvil, Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, Mark Romanek’s One Hour Photo, Miranda July’s The Future, (New Yorker Magazine Best of the Decade List), Liz Feldman’s Emmy Award Winner, Dead To Me,  Anna Winger and Alexa Karolinski’s Unorthodox and many, many more.

Joan was also co-writer on The Vintner’s Luck, directed by Niki Caro (Mulan), starring Jeremie Renier and Vera Farmiga.

Overall, Joan has worked on 84 feature films and television shows. 74 came to her with unfinished drafts, no financing or cast, and with first time or early-career writer/directors at the helm. 83 have been released, earning over 800 nominations and 406 wins including major category nods at the Oscars, Spirits, Golden Globes, Sundance, Cannes, Bafta,  Emmys, PGA, DGA etc. 

Joan has been profiled and featured for her work and her influence on a generation of directors in many articles and publications such as: NYTimes, LA Times, Marie Claire, Deadline, Indiewire, Vox, IF Magazine, California Sunday, The New York Observer and more.

Now Joan is poised to create a slate of books, films, labs (live and online), podcasts, and apps.

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