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, creator of The Technique™, Consulting Producer (S1-S3) on Transparent,  and Producer on I Love Dick, 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,  Peabody Award Winning UnREAL, I Love Dick, The Skinny and many more. Discover how to structure your story over multiple episodes of ANY length and create a compelling, authentic series of your own!
 

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, stereotypical heroes, likable 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 this 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.  As this hit comes to a close, let's celebrate how it all began! 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!

Check out this video for a brief intro to Joan's work: “Influencing Transparent”:  Click Here

WHAT DOES IT COVER?

Day 1: MEANING
 
The first night of the Lab provides an overview of the paradigm shifting philosophy and structural tools behind The Technique™. Then, explore how these tools are used to build masterful episodic structures.  The first night reveals:
  • The Foundational Elements of The Technique™
  • The 5 Table Legs
  • The 3 Basic Working Principles
  • The Nugget (Meaning) that underpins the Emmy Award Winning Transparent, Season 1.

Use this info to:

  • Rethink the “rules” of narrative Structure
  • Put the meaning of your story in simple, gettable, actionable terms
  • Understand how meaning is embodied on the levels of the Mise-en-scène germane to Transparent, Season 1


Day 2: ACTION

Day Two takes a deep dive into the core tools you need to structure your Episodic and then reveals exactly how these tools were used in Transparent, Season One.  In this class you’ll learn:
  • What an Overall Action is and how it drives your Story
  • How to find  Overall Actions that are based on Meaning, not Conflict
  • How to combine Overall Actions and Meaning to unleash powerful, authentic scenes
  • How to deepen your story through the use of Inner and Outer Obstacles
  • How exactly Meaning, Overall Actions, and Obstacles were used to structure Transparent Season 1

Use this info to:

  • Create multi character narratives with equally compelling storylines
  • Free yourself from the typical antagonist/protagonist conflict based models
  • Create unforgettable, meaningful stories you can FEEL

Day 3: JOURNEY

Put it all together!  Day 3 reveals how to map the Journey of your Episodic in 5 Emotional Beats.  Discover how to:
  • Use the tool of Emotional Logic to craft the Arc of your Series
  • Understand the relationship between Feeling, Rhythm, Pace and Journey
  • Craft profound transformations for your characters and your audience
  • Understand the 5 Emotional Beats used to craft Transparent, Season 1

Use this info to:

  • Think outside of the Hero’s Journey box
  • Write episodes of ANY length, short to long
  • Craft a compelling series that reveals the inner lives of your characters

Episodic is a crash course on profound structures that really sing.  Critical for creators and executives looking to break form and MAKE CHANGE!

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 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 SEPT 13 - SUN SEPT 15

FRI 7-10:30PM

SAT 12-6:30PM

SUN 12-6:30PM

 

WHERE?

LOS ANGELES:
Thymele Arts

5481 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Maplink: Click here.

 
 

REGISTER:

Class size is limited. Apply now.

Sept Application deadline - WED SEPT 11

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

TAKE THE EPISODIC LAB