Episodic

JILL SOLOWAY - WRITER/DIRECTOR: TRANSPARENT (GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER, EMMY AWARD WINNER) AFTERNOON DELIGHT (WINNER BEST DIRECTOR SUNDANCE 2013)

"Joan gave me a Technique, she handed me a map with clear markings that made sense… Although I had been writing TV for many years and went to film school in college, I had no actual technique. I had a shot list and a hope for the best, but I didn’t have something to do when I got to the set...I came into most of my power as a filmmaker when I realized that all I needed to do was make a safe space for people to have feelings."

(Read Jill's full quote here.)

What is it?

Joan Scheckel, Consulting Producer (S1-S3) on Transparent, introduces a brand new weekend intensive lab: Episodic. Learn the secrets to creating masterful Episodic structures using The Technique™ behind the Emmy Award Winning Transparent. Discover how to structure your story over ten or more episodes and create a compelling, authentic series!
 

There's never been a better time to be a content maker. The doors are open, the rules are shattered and the demand for authentic content is at an all time high.  Our industry demands innovation. Your episodic is no longer hemmed in by the traditional notions of comedy or drama, half hour or hour, commercial breaks, a stories, b stories, buttons, (conventional) heroes, likeable characters and hopeful endings.

So what’s YOUR Story?  How are you changing the cultural narrative by bringing your own story to the screen?

Over a 3 day weekend intensive, The Episodic Lab will teach you how to use meaning, action and feeling to create compelling episodic structures that are uniquely your own.  First,  you will learn the same paradigm shifting tools and concepts at the core of the Emmy Award Winning Transparent.  Then, using Season 1 as a case study, Joan will reveal how to:

  • Define the emotional core of your story in simple, actionable terms
  • Use Overall Actions to structure a meaningful plot
  • Craft ensemble scripts with equally strong arcs for every character
  • Create a compelling journey that breaks out over multiple episodes
  • Think  outside of outmoded industry standards and create the content of TODAY!

WHAT DOES IT COVER?

Day 1: ACTION
During this Lab, we put Episodic Structure up on its feet. Learn how to:
  • Set up the theme through Action, not exposition
  • Deliver the theme through Overall Action and Relationship
  • Create Action that illuminates the inner life of the Characters


Day 2: JOURNEY

Continue the structural investigation of Episodics as we delve deeper into pace, rhythm and journey. Discover how to:
  • Build through a dramatic crisis using the actions of awareness, not conflict
  • Craft clear and compelling plot points, scene by scene
  • Create plot twists that advance the story, deepen the characters and transform the relationships 

Day 3: MEANING

Put it all together! This is a crash course on profound structures that really sing.  Day 3 reveals how to:
  • Use Action to create a roller coaster ride through a truth
  • Craft a profound transformation for your characters and your audience
  • Write truly exciting, playable episodes that embody meaning

WHO GOES?

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

WHEN?

LOS ANGELES: FRI APR 05 - SUN APR 07

FRI 7-10:30PM

SAT 12-6:30PM

SUN 12-6:30PM

 

LOS ANGELES: FRI SEPT 13 - SUN SEPT 15

FRI 7-10:30PM

SAT 12-6:30PM

SUN 12-6:30PM

 

WHERE?

LOS ANGELES:
Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Rehearsal Room 4A - Fourth Floor
 
 

REGISTER:

Class size is limited. Apply now.

Apr Application deadline - WED APR 03

Sept Application deadline - WED SEPT 11

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

TAKE THE EPISODIC LAB