Live - Hands On & Online | Oct 20 - 23
WHAT IS IT:
We are all familiar with the term, but the crafting of one can seem daunting.
Join Journey and learn the building blocks of screenplay structure, one step at a time.
The Technique™ thinks of screenplay structure as a roller coaster ride through a truth. No story moves in a predictable straight line, it has rises and falls and loop de loops...unexplained stops and diversions, and where it ends up, might just be somewhere you never expected.
In these Labs, you will learn how to:
Learn how to craft a story arc.
Find the structure that is unique and delivers what you want to say in a creative, compelling, utterly authentic way.
Discover what’s beyond the Hero’s Journey.
An understanding of the Transformative Journey has been 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 Technique™ to instantly connect you to the feeling, emotional depth, and rhythm of your work.
Journey: Oct 20-23, 2023
Friday 10/20 - 7:00pm-10:00pm PT
Saturday 10/21 - 1:00pm-7:00pm PT
Sunday 10/22 - 1:00pm-7:00pm PT
Monday 10/23 - 7:00pm-9:00pm PT - Online Q & A!
Choose Your Study Option: Live - Hands On or Live - Online!
Join Joan in-person for a hands on experience in Los Angeles! (Limited class size)
Join the Lab via Zoom and participate remotely from anywhere in the world! Find out more about the Live - Online experience here.
Hands On Location:
5774 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Maplink: Click here.
The course is designed for professionals who wish to bring their skills to the next level.
The Tuition per participant is:
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.
Class size is limited.
You will be placed on a waitlist should the Lab be at capacity.
There are no cancellations or refunds after booking.
Students are responsible for payment in full whether or not they chose to attend all class sessions.
Students who sign up for Live - Online, or Live - Hands On 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.
Extender passes are available should you wish to access media links longer than two weeks.
MEDIA LINK ACCESS:
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.
Media links will be uploaded to Thinkific and available for two weeks.
ACCESS THE JSFL ALUMNI HUB:
Join our exclusive, curated community of incredibly talented JSFL alumni.
Find creative connections and support with like-minded artists via Slack, Happy Hours, Generators, Mega Generators, and Weekly Ongoing Classes!
Have dynamic, personalized, interactive experiences with your colleagues.
JSFL ALUMNI HUB:
BRINGING A PROJECT:
There is no need to bring a project.
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.
DRESS TO MOVE:
Sweats, yoga clothes (no jeans), and sneakers as if you were going to the gym
No belts, earrings, or jewelry please. We want you to protect your bodies during floor work!
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.
These are advanced classes for professional artists interested in exploring new practices, pushing their boundaries, and going deep.
The Labs are physical.
The work is feeling-based.
Please note you may find the work to be uncomfortable.
There will be a mix of lectures and active exercises designed to investigate the meaning, structure, and emotional core of your project.
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.
Any creatives who are interested in Story!
WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE?
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 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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