Part 3 of a 3 part series.

Now you're putting it all together - you're almost ready to shoot!

Take all the tools that you learned in DIRECTING FEELING & DIRECTING ACTION:

  1. Nugget, World, Character (Nature/Backstory) & Relationship (Literal/Feeling)
  2. Overall Actions
  3. Supporting Actions
  4. Beats & Blocking

Expand your Toolbox by exploring:

  1. Camera Blocking
  2. Costume
  3. Location
  4. Plot Point (Literal/Feeling)
  5. Pace
  6. Journey

Observe Joan work with actors and directors in each rehearsal!

You will learn how:

  1. To prepare rehearsals using the tools that you have learned, and execute a deep exploration in a short rehearsal time.
  2. All the tools covered in DIRECTING FEELING & DIRECTING ACTION can be brought together to stage a scene.
  3. How these tools give you the clarity to have a productive rehearsal no matter how much time you have!

Please note: The intention is not to end with a finished, "polished"  scene - This is about integration: having the clarity to put all the levels of the Mise En Scene together to make a scene impactful and clear - make it fly!

Day 1: Prep

On day one Joan will talk about what you have learned in DIRECTING FEELING & DIRECTING ACTION, and how to add the last 6 layers of the mise en scène:

  1. Camera Blocking
  2. Costume
  3. Location
  4. Plot Point (Literal/Feeling)
  5. Pace
  6. Journey

You will learn how to take all of these tools, apply them to the rehearsal space on Day 2, and be ready to shoot your scene.

During the class, all students, whether live or online, engage with the lectures, the exercises and the Q & A's with Joan.

Day 2: Rehearse/Shoot

The 4 Hands On participants will conduct rehearsals using the concepts covered on Day 1. They will also start shooting the scenes.

The day will be spent observing each rehearsal, with Joan coaching throughout.

By observing this process, you will:

  1. Learn about the integration of all that was covered in DIRECTING FEELING & DIRECTING ACTION.
  2. Break open the additional layers of Camera Blocking, Costume, Location, Plot Point, Pace and Journey and watch scenes start to take shape and come alive!

By the end of Day 2, you will begin to see scenes take shape; coming out of the realm of exploration and start to see how the rehearsal room can lead directly into shooting!

Day 3: View

The 4 Hands-On students will share the footage of their scenes, which will be viewed by all in attendance. 

During the class, all students, whether live or online, engage with the lectures, the exercises and the Q & A's with Joan. 

You will learn:

  1. How to identify Hot Coals that can be used to build the world of your movie. 
  2. How the rehearsal work lands on the screen. 
  3. How to use this footage to bring clarity to the emotional truth of your story!

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 the students connect with each other and the work!

Recap all the new tools the Lab has delivered!

Watch the students ground as a group (both Live Hands On and Live Online students have a chance to meet in the Zoom Room!)


DIRECTING JOURNEY has over 13 hours of Directing-based curriculum!

You will have link access for ONE MONTH! So no need to rush! The Lab allows you to slow down, try the exercises on your own, and connect with the JSFL Alumni Network to practice and absorb the material on you own time. 


Online via Thinkific! Find out more about Self-Guided Labs HERE!


Fill out the registration form at the bottom of this page.


Please note that if you are new to The Lab Series, there is a pre-requisite of JOURNEY before taking this Lab. Email Us for options on how to fulfill this requirement.


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

The Tuition per participant is $1625.  

Enroll today via the Registration Form at the bottom of the page.  

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. 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.


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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