Part 1 of a 3 part series. 

Want to start Directing?

Learn how to use the tools of The Technique™ to design and run the rehearsals that will bring your movie or episodic to life!

In this Self-Guided Lab you will: 

  1. Crack open the question “Who Am I?” in rehearsal, and discover how it plays out through Nugget, World, Character and Relationship.
  2. Observe Joan work with actors and directors in each rehearsal.
  3. Watch the rehearsal footage and learn how to identify Hot Coals, Scene Rhythms and Feelings that you can use to bring your film or episodic to life!

Day 1: Prep

Open your Technique Toolbox, learn what each tool does, and how you can use them to create and design a rehearsal that unleashes the emotional core of your story. 

You will learn:

  1. The 5 things it takes to be a great Director.
  2. How to create a Directors Pack that will clarify your vision to your team.
  3. How to create structured improvisations that allow your actors to embody their characters and the world of the movie.  
  4. How to create a cribsheet 
  5. How to time manage your rehearsals effectively.

Day 2: Rehearse 

The 4 Hands On Scene participants will conduct rehearsals using the designs they prepared via the homework template. The day will be spent observing each rehearsal, with Joan coaching throughout.

The goal of these rehearsals is to use non-verbal, embodied exercises to sketch with the inner life, and allow the actors to explore the world of their characters and the story.

By observing this process, you will:

  1. See how the embodied tools you've learned are specially applied to rehearsal technique. 
  2. Discover how the tools of the technique work for actors whether they have studied The Technique™ or not.
  3. Learn how to draw forward the essence of Nugget, World, Character and Relationship.

By the end of Day 2, you will have clarity on how to organize a rehearsal, so that no matter how little time you have, you can make real headway into the core issues of your film or episodic.

Day 3: View

The 4 Hands-On Scene students will share takes from their rehearsals, which will be viewed by all in attendance.  

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!

Learn the groundbreaking tools that are utilized on hits such as Whale Rider, Transparent, UnReal, Beginners and more!

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 FEELING 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!


Please note that if you are new to The Lab Series, there is a pre-requisite of FEELING 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.

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!


Fill out the Registration Form 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 are available for one month. 
  4. Extender passes are available should you wish to access media links longer than one month.


  1. Focused, deep dive on the core tools that brings structure to your movie or episodic: DIRECTING.
  2. Lecture and physical-based curriculum support integration and insight.
  3. Self-Guided Labs allow the opportunity to study on your own schedule, and at your own pace.
  4. Enjoy the media links for one month! Previously only available live, or online for 3 days! 
  5. Connect with your JFSL 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!


  1. Join our exclusive, curated community of incredibly talented JSFL alumni.
  2. Find creative connection and support with like-minded artists via Slack, Happy Hours, Generators, Mega Generators, and Weekly Ongoing Classes!
  3. Have dynamic, personalized, interactive experiences with your colleagues.


  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.


The Lab Series is designed for Film, Episodic, Commercial and all content creators. It may be attended individually by the Writer, Director or Producer... or by the entire Team.

  1. Directors
  2. Writers
  3. Actors
  4. Producers
  5. Executives
  6. Financiers
  7. Production
  8. Designers
  9. Cinematographers
  10. Editors


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.


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 as 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, 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 writer/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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