3 Day Lab - PLOT

Niki Caro - WRITER/DIRECTOR: Whale Rider, Mcfarland USA, The Zookeeper's wife

"I first worked with Joan Scheckel when she acted as script consultant on WHALE RIDER.  We did not meet face to face for many months as I was in New Zealand, but during that time the script grew deeper and stronger under her influence. She brings insight and clarity to every project she works on.  She has a deep understanding of the architecture of a story and is as rigorous with structure as she is with character.  She is both challenging and caring and is an invaluable partner on any project. Working with her is thrilling and I cannot recommend it highly enough."


The 3 Day Lab - Plot is a full on craft intensive workshop is designed to take your screenplay to the next level. Discover the core tool of storytelling essential to The Technique™Plot Points. Clarify the overall actions and plot points beat by beat to bring your film unforgettably to life. Learn how to tell your story clearly, specifically and with meaning to connect with global audiences.

These fundamental skills are central to Joan's work on films such as Little Miss Sunshine, Snow White and the Huntsman, Arbitrage, Beginners and Whale Rider. Now you can experience The Technique™ and instantly connect to the feeling, emotional depth, and rhythm of your storytelling.


  • Define your plot points
  • Use plot points to build and refine your overall structure
  • Take your plot points and put them on their feet
  • Tell your story clearly and specifically
  • Deepen your awareness of how nugget and plot connect



The 3 Day Lab - Plot 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.



LOS ANGELES: Coming soon!

FRI 7-10:30PM

SAT 12-6:30PM

SUN 12-6:30PM



TBD (Hollywood/Downtown)



LOS ANGELES: Coming soon!

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