"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 Joey'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 comprehensive weekend intensive lab: Episodic. Learn the secrets to creating masterful Episodic structures using The Technique™ behind the success of Emmy Award Winning Transparent, Unorthodox, Emmy Award Nominee Dead To Me, Peabody Award Winning UnREAL, I Love Dick and the hit TV show Ana. 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.  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

JSFL Alums have gone on to work on today's cutting edge hits such as Lovecraft Country, Queen Sugar, Greenleaf, Mrs. America, Sharp Objects, Russian Doll, Watchmen, The Great, Big Little Lies, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Council of Dads, Star, When They See Us, Dear White People, You're the Worst, Killing Eve, Sorry for Your Loss, Shrill, Glow, Defiant Ones, Silicon Valley and many more. The singular voices of these artists are transforming Hollywood today, and so can you!


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 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


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!


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.





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 room!



Class size is limited. Wait List Open - Apply Today!

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