Do you ever feel like your story loses momentum? You write a few pages and it’s going great-and then it kind of stalls? Do your characters have personality, but not drive? Are you getting noted but not greenlight? Do you find yourself writing and then stopping because you’re frustrated, or confused?

Then this is your call to Action — OVERALL ACTION!

Aristotle calls OVERALL ACTION “the genius of the Poet”. For the rest of us mortals, OVERALL ACTION takes some work! Led by Joan Scheckel, Executive Producer of Beginners, Consulting Producer of Transparent, and the creator of The TechniqueOVERALL ACTION is a deep dive that reveals how to create gettable, actionable Overall Actions that drive your stories forward and bring them unforgettably to life!

Whatever the platform - Film, TV, Commercial, YouTube, Insta, Novels, Theatre, Apps, Brands… your story has Characters. Characters are animated, given purpose, and made vibrant through Overall Actions. These Overall Actions interconnect to form dynamic Relationships which in turn create Plots that reveal meaning itself. Overall Actions are the key to creating propulsive stories your audience craves to watch again and again.

OVERALL ACTION allows you to join with Advanced Alumni as they ask questions and drill down on the concepts of Overall Action, Praxis, and Supporting Action and how they are applied. 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! 



  1. Rigorous professional upleveling
  2. Focused, deep dive on the core tool that drives your Story: OVERALL 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: $885


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!



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