3 Day Lab: Blocking

JEFFREY BLITZ - WRITER/DIRECTOR: ROCKET SCIENCE, SPELLBOUND

"Working with Joan in the weeks leading up to production on Rocket Science proved to be time very well spent.  It was a terrifically fertile period for me where--encouraged by Joan's insight into performance, by her vivid and subtle sense of the emotional through-line of the story and by her keen editor's sense of narrative--I was able to connect more deeply with my own material and formulate a new and sharper focus.  Plus, at a moment when many filmmakers feel pure anxiety, Joan's approach was so engaging and so full of humor and joy and fearlessness that it set a welcome tone for our work that my actors and I maintained through the end."

WHAT IS IT?

The 3 Day Lab: Blocking focuses on the core Blocking tools that are central to the The Technique™, Joan Scheckel’s game changing approach to Film, Episodic and Commercial artistic craft. In this Lab, you will discover how to use Overall Actions, supporting actions and beats to  block scenes in an organic, revelatory way.  Learn how Action connects to Blocking and discover how to bring life and power to your scenes and imagery! This hands on weekend delivers tools to:
  • Block beautifully, fast and on the fly
  • Work organically in coherence with your vision and your actor’s choices
  • Stage the spiritual essence of the story
 

WHAT DOES IT COVER?

Day 1: SCENE BREAKDOWN

This first class  teaches you how to break your scene down into beats in order to stage your scene fast, viscerally and on the fly.  Use this work to:
 
  • Deepen your ability to work with Action and Beats 
  • Clarify the active/emotional map of your scene
  • Define the unique movement pattern and rhythm for the scene
 

Day 2: ACTION AND INTERPRETATION 

Investigate the Overall Actions and Supporting Actions for your scene. Learn how  playable actions create plot, actor interpretation and directorial interpretation.
 
  • Play in the action gym and find playable actions that really work!
  • Discover the link between Action and Blocking.
  • Learn how to block on the Beats to give your scene coherence and Rhythm

 

Day 3: BLOCKING ON THE BEATS

Learn how playable action becomes blocking from beat to beat. Learn to use space, levels, distance and the location itself  to stage scenes that physically resonate with emotional truth. Learn how to:
 
  • Block on the  Beats 
  • Create rhythm and pace
  • Viscerally stage  the soul of the scene
  • Apply  these same principals to the camera blocking
 

WHO GOES?

The 3 Day Lab: Blocking 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 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: Coming soon!

FRI 7-10:30PM

SAT 12-6:30PM

SUN 12-6:30PM

 

WHERE?

TBD (Hollywood/Downtown)

 

REGISTER:

LOS ANGELES: Coming soon!

TAKE A LAB: Blocking