Joey Soloway - Writer/Director: transparent (Golden globe winner, Emmy Award Winner) Afternoon Delight (Winner Best Director Sundance 2013)

"I steer every person who's looking to the workshops of Joan Scheckel. This is what she insisted we needed to direct-- a sense of being present in the moment, an understanding of playable action as a tool to channel emotion, a stamina that would allow us to withstand the physical challenges of a feature set. As a writer, I had tools about character and dialogue, but as a director, I had a lot to learn about what we're actually doing with the camera. A few weeks in, something kicked in and I actually began to transform into a director. It's odd to me that even after ten years experience on the set of TV shows, I was completely lacking in a foundational language. I learned that language at Joan's lab. I employed things I learned from Joan about the intangibles of energy and relationships, producers and alliances and how the shape of the emotional nugget can inform the larger shape of the process. She handed me a map with clear markings that made sense."

What is it?

The Action Lab is the heart of The Technique™ in one essential, craft packed weekend! Discover how to build the structure and rhythm of your work and bring it unforgettably to life. Deepen your understanding of the fundamental building blocks of story: Nugget, Action and Beats.

These skills are 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 techniques to instantly connect you to the feeling, emotional depth, and rhythm of your work. This full on craft intensive workshop is designed to ground your skills and bring your creativity to the next level. 
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, directing, designing or producing.

What Does it Cover?

Day 1: Nugget

Explore proven tools from The Technique™ to clarify the thematic essence of your screenplay, film, or character. By identifying the "nugget", i.e. the meaning and intention of your work, you can fast-track your project with confidence and coherence. Use the "nugget" to:

  • Clarify theme
  • Define the direction for your rewrite
  • Unleash the emotional authenticity at the heart of the story
  • Create a coherent "motor" for your movie

Day 2: Action 

Learn the definition of Action. This basic tool can be applied to writing, directing, acting and producing. Use it to:

  • Instantly elevate your material and performance
  • Structure your screenplay
  • Create vivid, compelling characters
  • Communicate effectively with your team

Day 3: Beats
Explore script analysis. Break scenes down in to Beats. Discover how Action and Beats work together to:

  • Bring life and clarity to your script structure and performance
  • Create rhythm and pacing
  • Heighten the speed and vitality of your direction, camera and performance
  • Ground your skills and bring your directing, writing, acting and producing to the next level


The Action Lab 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.

  • Directors
  • Writers
  • Actors
  • Producers
  • Executives
  • Financiers
  • Production
  • Designers
  • Cinematographers
  • Editors

Please see See FilmsCommunity and Quotes for Artists Joan has worked with and their thoughts.



ONLINE: OCT 15 - 17

FRI      10/15   4pm - 7pm PT
SAT     10/16    12pm - 6pm PT
SUN    10/17    2pm - 6pm PT



Classes Online.

Joan Scheckel, creator of The Technique™, teaches you LIVE online and the MEDIA is available for participants to do at their leisure online.

The focused attention from Joan online is as powerful as you'd experience in the rooms!



Class size is limited. Apply now.

Application deadline WED 10/13

For application call us at (323) 803-5039 or Email us.