Ready to deep dive into The Technique™?  ACTION is where it all begins!

Why is it so necessary to understand ACTION? Because it is fundamental to your work as an embodied artform. Learn how to use ACTION to make work that connects with global audiences!

In this Lab you will:

  1. Discover how to put meaning at the center of your story
  2. Learn how to build the structure and rhythm of your work to bring it unforgettably to life
  3. Deepen your understanding of two of the fundamental building blocks of a story: ACTION and NUGGET
  4. Deep dive into BEATS and how they provide a framework for ACTION

Through thoughtful lectures and engaging exercises, you will learn how to truly understand these key structural principles and bring them to visceral life in your work! 

These skills are central to Joan's work on films and television shows such as Transparent, Beginners, Arbitrage, Snow White and the Huntsman, Little Miss Sunshine and Whale Rider. Now you can experience the techniques to instantly connect you to the Feeling, emotional depth, and rhythm of your work. This full on craft intensive workshop is designed to ground your skills and bring your creativity to the next level. 



  1. Rigorous professional upleveling
  2. Focused, deep dive on the core tool that brings meaning to your story: ACTION
  3. Lecture and physical based curriculum support integration and insight
  4. Online Labs allow the opportunity to study on your own schedule, and at your own pace
  5. Access to media links for one full month
  6. Connect with your JSFL Alumni Community Network through Slack, Happy Hours, Generators, Mega Generators and Weekly Ongoing Classes! Practice the tools you are learning, and workshop your material with talented, open hearted, and like-minded creatives
  7. Build a vibrant creative community that holds space and inspires each other
  8. Dynamic, personalized, interactive experiences with your colleagues allow you to practice the tools you are learning, and apply them to your own work


Live Online via Thinkific.


The Tuition per participant is: $1,625


Enroll directly via the checkout at the bottom of the page


  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.
  3. Media links are available for one month. 
  4. Extender passes are available should you wish to access media links longer than one month.


  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 lectures and active exercises designed to investigate the meaning, and structure and emotional core of your project.
  6. You are welcome to observe or participate according to your comfort level. You will get just as much out of observing as participating.


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 interested in Story!



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