Unearth the "Meaning Motor" of your story!

For the first time ever, JSFL Alumni are invited to take a deep dive into NUGGET in this Self-Guided Lab! Led by Joan Scheckel, Consulting Producer of Transparent and Creator of The Technique™, NUGGET offers the same in-depth work that has previously only been available in private sessions! 

Now, in your own time, in your own mind, you can unpack the concept of NUGGET (AKA theme). Understanding NUGGET is key to The Technique™.  Use it to create meaningful structures for your narrative, doc, podcast, brand, and more.  

In this one profound Lab, you will learn how to:

  1. Identify the NUGGET (theme) of the story
  2. Create a coherent "motor" for the movie
  3. Define the direction for the rewrite
  4. Learn what it takes to create the heart of a hit



  1. Rigorous professional upleveling
  2. Deep, focused work on the most vital aspect of story: NUGGET
  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

Day 1: Investigate

The first evening takes you deep into the core of your story. Guided and timed writing exercises from The Technique™ allow you to:

  1. Investigate the issues and feelings central to your theme

  2. Find the "hot coals" embedded in your timed writings

  3. Understand how to use "hot coals" to create the narrative from your inner life


Day 2: Embody

Day 2 reveals how to take meaning out of the cerebral and into the visceral! Learn how to:

  1. Hone your timed writings into one key essence
  2. Articulate the story Nugget in felt, actionable terms 
  3. Put the Nugget on its feet to discern how a theme becomes truly playable

Day 3:  Connect

Day 3 explores the vital connection between action, feeling, and meaning.

  1. Explore how the Nugget has been used in hits like Transparent, Little Miss Sunshine, and Beginners
  2. Embody the actions that earn dramatic truth. 
  3. Apply the concepts 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 will be available for one month.

  4. Extender passes are available should you wish to access media links for 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, 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!



What is NUGGET?

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