Engagement with the emotional truth of your story is the fire.

What's burning in you to say?

Write the Birth.

Write the Crisis.


The Crisis Scene of your script is where the most feelings are born!

5 Days.

2 Hours a Day.

Dive deep and tune into your story.


  1. Explore the crisis of the story
  2. Clarify and articulate plot points in the 5 key scenes of your story and how that connects to nugget 
  3. Unpack how it affects the characters, relationships and actions of the journey
  4. Look at where the characters are at in relationship to the meaning of the story
  5. Build a vibrant creative community that holds space and inspires each other
  6. Access to our exclusive, curated community of incredibly talented JFSL Alumni
  7. Find creative connections and support with like-minded artists from the Lab via Slack, Happy Hours, Ongoing Classes/Generators, and Alumni Meetups (both on Zoom and In-Person.)
  8. Dynamic, personalized, interactive experiences with your colleagues allow you to practice the tools you are learning, and apply them to your own work
  9. Access to all the curated documents to apply the tools to your own material
  10. Media links will be available for two weeks post Lab so you can dive deeper into the concepts and get the most out of your work

*For those taking the DIRECTING 2 Series - use this Lab to prep your scenes for DIRECTING 2: CRISIS


Monday 17 - Friday 21, June 2024: 9am-11am PT


LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM.  Join Joan from anywhere in the world!


The Tuition per participant is: $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. We offer group incentives - email us to inquire!

  1. You may pay by credit card.
  2. Payment Plans are available.


  1. New Students: complete the Application Form at the bottom of the page
  2. JSFL Alum: Enroll directly 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.


There is no need to bring a project, the techniques learned can be applied to all fields in any entertainment platform. Up your game, whether you are pitching, writing, acting, cinematographer, directing, designing or producing.

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.


  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 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 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 are interested in Story!




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