sâmbătă, 28 februarie 2015

Joan Scheckel

Am fost și eu, Ben Todică, elevul acestei școli și al acestei profesoare, Joan Scheckel prin anii '90. Am învățat lucruri interesante de la ea și dacă vreun tânăr/ă, citind acest program, se simte atras să-l urmeze, îi recomand să o facă. Va avea numai de câștigat.

February - Get your stories out of your head and onto the screen in 2015! Writers, Directors, Actors, Cinematographers, Producers, Executives... our workshops will help all creatives bring their visions to life.

FEEL THIS: Photography Show

Feb 28
The Hollywood Walk of Art 11am - 6pm
Reception 6-8pm @The Space

Photos by Joan Scheckel, curated by Chivas Clem. Celebrate the first Hollywood Walk of Art!

3 Day Lab: Chapter 1: Nugget, Action, Beats

March 6-8
Learn the heart of “The Technique” in one craft packed weekend.
March 13-15
Map your movie in this weekend intensive.
Thursdays at 7:30pm 
(Drop-Ins Welcome!)
Tuesdays 4PM & Fridays 4:30PM
The Space
It all happens here.
6608 Lexington Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038 (

3 Day Lab

Chapter 1:                          Nugget, Actions & Beats 
March 6 - 8 | Los Angeles

  • What:

This renowned workshop focuses on the heart of "The Technique", Joan Scheckel's game changing approach to Film, Episodic and Commercial content creation. Whether you are Directing, Writing, Acting, or Producing, "The Technique" will take your career to the next level! In one essential, craft packed weekend you will: 

• Deepen your understanding of Nugget, Action and Beats.
• Build a structural motor to power your craft and your content.
• Connect to the feeling, structure and meaning of your film.
• Bring your work unforgettably to life. 

Directors, writers, actors, DPs, editors, development teams, producers and executives alike all excel when using Joan's practical, accessible tools. Now, in one weekend, you too can learn the career launching techniques used by the creators of Transparent,Beginners, Arbitrage, Snow White and the Huntsman,Little Miss Sunshine and Whale Rider.
  • When:

    Friday 3/6 - Sunday 3/8

    • Friday 3/6 7pm - 10:30pm
    • Saturday 3/7 12pm - 6pm
    • Sunday 3/8 12pm - 6pm

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Chapter 2:                 Transformative Journey

March 13 - 15 | Los Angeles

  • What:

This in-depth workshop focuses on the Transformative Journey: Crafting Character Arc. The Technique thinks of episodic and screenplay structure as a roller coaster ride through a truth. No story moves in a predictable straight line, it has rises and falls and loop de loops….unexplained stops and diversions, and where it ends up, might just be somewhere you never expected. So how do you craft this arc? What makes the structure true to YOU? Whether you are Directing, Writing, Acting, or Producing, this lab will show you what’s beyond the Hero’s Journey. 

• Delve deep into the building blocks of Journey 
• Discover how Overall Action, Beats and Relationship combine to create a visceral structure
• Learn how to define the 5 key scenes essential to your protagonist's Journey
• Think outside the “Hero’s Journey” box
  • When:

    Friday 3/13 - Sunday 3/15

    • Friday 3/13 7pm - 10:30pm
    • Saturday 3/14 12pm - 6pm
    • Sunday 3/15 12pm - 6pm

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Master Class

Thursdays, March 5 - 26          Los Angeles

  • What:

The February Master Class Experience keeps you profoundly inspired and creatively connected. One monthly tuition opens the door to a suite of creative opportunities at the Space: Weekly Master Classes with Joan, co - work and rehearsal hours at the Space, weekly meet ups with other like minded artists, surprise special guest teachers and advance notice for pop up parties and events...
  • When:

    • Thursday 3/5 7:30PM
    • Thursday 3/12 7:30PM
    • Thursday 3/19 7:30PM
    • Thursday 3/26 7:30PM

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Body Lab

Tuesdays 4:00pm &             Fridays 4:30pm                        Los Angeles

  • What:

Joan joins forces with her own Master Teacher, Rie Katagiri (movement coach for Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler, Juno Temple in Afternoon Delight), to create a Body Lab for Artists. 

Using yoga, qi gong, intuitive movement and ball therapy, Rie’s work reinforces your ability to be fully present and authentically connected to your body. This movement study works in tandem with The Technique to explore how the body is intrinsic to self expression.

(Class length: 1 hour & 30 minutes)

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Joan Scheckel


curated by Chivas Clem

Saturday, February 28
Reception 6-8pm @The Space

FEEL THIS is Joan Scheckel’s first solo show of photographs, curated by Chivas Clem. 

The photos were born out of her collaboration with actors, directors, cinematographers, and artists as she developed and refined “The Technique” - her revolutionary method of achieving maximum artistic agency through accessing pure unmediated feeling. Scheckel’s photographs serve as a record of the birth of this new method as her subjects are tasked with reaching sustained heights of pure feeling. In this moment her subjects reach an emotional critical mass in which the veil is lifted on the inner life. These feelings, exposed without context, also have the effect of creating an index of mysterious narratives that are never resolved. 

FEEL THIS is a visual manifesto of Scheckel's shepherding a new movement of authentic filmmaking - the central tenet of which is that storytelling derives from universal truths that reside within each individual. The photographs capture moments of dramatic urgency, the slippery place between the self and its performance as it happen under the lens.

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About Joan

Joan Scheckel and her Labs are known throughout Hollywood and the international film world as the crucial force behind the most exciting films and tv content being made today.

Having worked with so many of the vital new voices in cinema, including Jill Soloway (TRANSPARENT, 2013 Sundance Best Director Winner AFTERNOON DELIGHT), Niki Caro (Academy Award nominated WHALE RIDER; THE VINTNERʼS LUCK- which Joan co-wrote, MCFARLAND), Mike Mills (Academy Award winning BEGINNERS - which Joan Executive Produced), Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Academy Award winning LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), Rupert Sanders (Academy Award Nominated SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN), Mark Romanek (Spirit Award Nominated NEVER LET ME GO; ONE HOUR PHOTO), Richard Press (Spirit Award Nominated BILL CUNNINGHAM NY), Sacha Gervasi (Spirit Award Winning ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL, HITCHCOCK), Alison Maclean (Venice Little Golden Lion Winner JESUSʼ SON), Jake Scott (Sundance Award Nominated WELCOME TO THE RILEYS), Mark Ruffalo (Sundance Award Winning SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS), Miranda July (Golden Berlin Bear Nominated, THE FUTURE), Nick Jarecki (Golden Globe Nominated ARBITRAGE), Joan's sphere of influence continues to expand.
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Check out our new Membership + Masterclass options.See what's happening at the Space on our blog.
For more info, call us at (323) 803-5039 or Email us

"Attending Joan Scheckel's lab was the single most valuable thing we did to prepare for making Little Miss Sunshine. She gave us a set of tools that made the daunting task of directing a feature very accessible and enjoyable!"
- Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (directors, Little Miss Sunshine)
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Lab News

Congrats to the entire Transparentteam: 2 Golden Globe wins: best TV series, musical or comedy, and best actor in a comedy series to Jeffrey Tambor for his role as Maura Pfefferman!

Congrats to alumnae Jill Soloway, writer / director for Transparent, who scored a DGA win for comedy series. 

Congrats to the amazing writers on
Transparent! 3 WGA nominations - New Series, Episodic Series andEthan Kuperberg for the “The Wilderness” in Episodic Comedy!

McFarland, USA starring Kevin Costner premieres! Congrats to alumnae director Niki Caro. A truly inspirational story!


Congrats alumnae Claudia Lonow! "Bummed", a dark comedy starring alumna Joe Wengert has been selected for the LA Indie Film Festival! Check it out March 6th!

Congrats to the alumni of the Film Independent Workshop 2015!

Congratulations to workshop participants: Anthony Onah, Kevin Flynn, Christina Choe, Sylvia Sether, Erwan Marshall, Philiane Phange, Dea Vazquez, Jennifer Kushner

Congratulations to Seth Gabel on the Season 2 pick up of WGN’sSalem, which is scheduled to begin airing on April 5, 2015


The Dramatics (A Comedy) is now available VOD. Congrats to writer/director/star alumnae: Kat Foster and Scott Rodgers!

Congrats to the alumni of the February LA 3 day Film and Episodic Lab 2015!

Congratulations to our alumni: Angelica Cepeda, Ellen Fairey, Seth Grossman, Chris Hooper, Jenessa Joffe, Cameron Lowe, Marcela Mar, Tamika Miller, Elyse Niblett, Allison Smith, Nick Smoke!

Congratulations to writer / director alumnae: Lena Khan and the entire cast and crew who workshopped at the Space!, Tiger Hunter is now in post production! Look for its release late October 2015.
Alumna director: Jake Scott had another Super Bowl, Budweiser commercial hit in "Lost Dog."Winning USA TODAY’s Ad Meter for a second year in a row!


Stephanie Cayo lands Spanish Netflix series Club of Crows. Congrats Stephanie!

Congrats to the alumni of the January LA 3 day film and episodic lab 2015!

Congratulations to our alumni: Gaby Allan, Jill Demby Guest, Kate Flannery, Jessa French, Sacha Gervasi, Jeremy Lynch, Kate Robin, Strawberry Saroyan, Heidi Schreck, Blair Skinner!
Congrats to alumnae Marisa Tomei, Ivan Martin, and Michael Godere! Their film “Loitering With Intent” releases today! 

Congrats to 
Famke Jannsen set to star in New Amsterdam. 

Congrats to alumna writer, director
Mike Mills for his 1970’s drama 20th Century Women to be produced with Megan Ellison's Annapurna.

Alumna Sacha Gervasi ‘s teenage crime thriller, November Criminals is set to shoot March 2015! Starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort. Congrats, Sacha!
Congrats to the alumni of the December LA 3 day film and episodic lab 2014! Colette Burson, Leah Garland, Ramaa Mosley, Stu Pollard, Robyn Symon, Rebecca Woolf, Jane Salandria.
Congrats to alumnae Bryce Dallas Howard for her leading role inJurassic World. Bryce is currently busy filming Disney’s Pete’s Dragon.

Congrats to the alumni of our NOVEMBER 2014 LA 3 day film and episodic lab 2014!

Steph Green, Racelle Rosett, Drew Denny, Jessica Sanders, Todd Cole, Sara Israel, Thibault Devaye, Matt Grondin, Catherine Craig, Grant Dekernion, Nick Frew, Kate Dennis, Stacey, Jensen, Ali Rushfield, Phillip Rhys, Jeff Grace, Mike Goldbach, Kiki Allegeier, Paul Puri, Alicia Joy, Linda Knowlton, Al Watt, Hunter Bertram, Mary-Lyn Chambers, Karine Vanasse, Marcella Lentz-Pope, Dwain Worrell, Kate Flannery.

Congrats to the alumni of our November 2014 NY 3 day filmmaking and episodic lab!

Congratulations to all those who participated: Hannah Barbakoff, Eric Bet, Sarah Burns, Nick Carew, Maria Dyer, Puk Grasten, Steven Kelleher, Starlee Kine, Rainer Magik, Susan Malick, Terri Minsky, Karen Odyniec, Harry Sanna, Josh Seftel, Shern Sharma, Holle Singer, Elisabeth Subrin, Ireland Temple, Diana Lee Wolozin, Mehdi Zollo, Eleanor Seigler, Tracey (Teresa) Smith.
Congrats to two-time Emmy-winning writer, alumnae: Cindy Chupack! Her feature directorial debut with family comedy Whatever Makes You Happy will be going into production starring Allison Janney and Susan Sarandon.
Congrats to all of our participants! Directors: Ariel Feng, Brian Beletic, Burt Rutherford, Robin McLeavy, Samantha Lavin, Seth Gabel Actors: Catherine Bruhier, Karine Vanasse, David Largman Murray, Chet Grissom, Dono Knowlton, Brian O’Hara, Josh Mann, Steve Pacini, Dorian Frankel, Josh Fadem, Marcella Lentz-Pope, Brian Boone, Alex Hyde-White

Congrats to Revenge actor and alumnae Karine Vanasse! The show '30 Vies' has been nominated for an International emmy!


Amazon 3 Day Lab #1! Congrats to Josh Kramer, Joe Lewis and all the Execs at Amazon who participated!


Big love to JSFL alumnae Lisa Leone on the release of her first photo book Here I Am!


Writer / director alumna: Max Josephis currently in post production for his film We Are Your Friends starringZac Efron.
Go alumna writer / director: Matthew Brown currently in post production for The Man Who Knew Infinitystarring Jeremy Irons!

Congrats to Documentary cinematographer and alumnaeAmanda Micheli on her latest release The Dog !

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