BEATS 1: The Classics

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro - Producer/Director/Writer: UnREAL (Critics Choice Winner, Peabody Award Winner)

"Another incredible day in Hollywoodland!! 3 day workshop with Joan Scheckel blew my mind out of my head - one of the most incredible experiences of my creative life to date. Directing is a JOB; a really complicated, magical, incredible alchemist job, that I am learning how to ACTUALLY DO, step by step, beat by beat until it's memorized in my body. Doing exercises and showing sides of myself I am terrified to show... is the same level of stuff I am about to ask my actors to do. Great lesson in empathy.  Makes me crazy excited to properly break down my script, cast and MAKE!"

What is it?

Structural gold.

Learn how Actions really determine the Beats and RHYTHM of a scene. This Advanced Lab dives into classic plays and movies to reveal the hidden architecture that makes the great scenes tick. Take this course in tandem with Action!

Learn how to delineate Beats from Mini Beats and Moments.

When writing, directing or acting,  it’s tempting to go for a perfect, polished "bit".  But this chops up the thought of the scene, making it difficult to shoot, edit,  pace - plus it’s tough for the audience to follow!

Structure is Music. Learn how to get with the Beat and make your scenes SING!



Advanced Course.

The Beats 1 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.





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. Advanced Course.

Application deadline WED 11/04

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