Learn how to craft the entire journey of your story as you* Write, Rehearse, Direct and Shoot your original material with Joan.

Study Live in Los Angeles, Live Online or Self Guided - the 3rd part of a 5 Part Series delivers tools to clarify your rewrites, unleash your performances and bring your visual style to life!

All in attendance will have the rare opportunity to watch fellow directors work, build a creative community that holds space and inspires each other, be involved in rehearsals, and have access to all the curated documents to apply the tools to their own material!

This is the Lab Series that led to the hits that The Technique™ is known for - and it's back, for one time only, after a decade. 

*A limited number of Hands On Scene students will get the opportunity to have their material worked on in class with Joan (Apply Today!). 


Part 3 of 5: CRISIS

Crisis is about birth. 

This is the scene in which most feelings are born: where the characters are engaging with the truth of the story through Action, Feeling, and Relationship so they can move forward to the 4th beat (Evolution). 

It is the goal of The Technique™ to move story to its culmination without falling into the trap of conflict. In order to do so, the Crisis scene must ground all characters and the story back to meaning - to aliveness. 

*Day by Day breakdown coming soon!


DIRECTING 2: CRISIS:  July 19-22, 2024

  1. Friday - 6:00pm-10:00pm PT
  2. Saturday - 1:00pm-7:00pm PT
  3. Sunday - 1:00pm-7:00pm PT
  4. Monday - 7:00pm-10:30pm PT - Online Q & A



  1. Live - Hands On Scene: Participate in hands on scene work directly with Joan.
  2. Live - Hands On: Join the Lab in Los Angeles for an in person experience. 
  3. Live - Online: Join the Lab via Zoom and participate remotely from all over the world! Find out more about the live online experience HERE.


MiMoDa Studio

5774 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019


  1. Whether you are a New Student or a JSFL Alum, contact us via email or the Inquiry Form to Apply and Register for this Lab and the entire DIRECTING Series
  2. Class size is limited
  3. You will be placed on a waitlist should the Lab be at capacity 


The course is designed for professionals who wish to bring their skills to the next level. There is a pre-requisite for this Series of either FEELING, ACTION or JOURNEY Labs.

  1. Live - Hands On Scene Study: $4,500
  2. Standard Live - Hands On: $2,860
  3. Live - Online: $1,825

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. 

  1. You may pay by credit card.
  2. Payment Plans are available.
  3. Feel free to email us with questions!


  1. Participants benefit from extended access to the course via media links for two weeks after the Lab ends. This allows you to review and process the material at your own pace.
  2. Media links will be uploaded to Thinkific and available for two weeks. 


  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.


  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. Students who sign up for live online, or live in person and are unable to attend live, may make up the classes they miss via media links. Media links are available for two weeks after the lab. 
  4. Extender passes are available should you wish to access media links  longer than two weeks.


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. 


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 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, and 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 writers/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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