Episodic

JAY DUPLASS - ACTOR: TRANSPARENT (CRITIC'S CHOICE AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR), Writer/Director: Togetherness, Cyrus, The Puffy Chair, Jeff who lives at home

"We work with [Consulting Producer] Joan Scheckel, and one of the ways that she gets into [our family's backstories] — without coming at us with a bunch of “intellectual” ideas — is by putting us in a room together for two days. We have these random physical and emotional interactions, and weirdly, what we get done in those two days feels like more than if Jill [Soloway, the show’s creator] had written a novel about us. Joan is the glue of the show.

What is it?

Joan Scheckel, Consulting Producer (S1-S3) on Transparent, introduces a brand new weekend intensive lab: Episodics. Learn the secrets to creating masterful Episodic structures using The Technique™ behind the Emmy Award Winning Transparent. Discover how to structure your story over ten or more episodes and create a compelling, authentic series!
 
The Episodic Lab unpacks the essential connection between meaning, action, character, relationship and plot. This weekend intensive will teach you how to:
  • Use Overall Actions to structure a meaningful plot
  • Write and deliver compelling plot twists scene by scene
  • Craft ensemble scripts with equally strong arcs for every character

WHAT DOES IT COVER?

Day 1: ACTION
During this Lab, we put Episodic Structure up on its feet. Learn how to:
  • Set up the theme through Action, not exposition
  • Deliver the theme through Overall Action and Relationship
  • Create Action that illuminates the inner life of the Characters


Day 2: JOURNEY

Continue the structural investigation of Episodics as we delve deeper into pace, rhythm and journey. Discover how to:
  • Build through a dramatic crisis using the actions of awareness, not conflict
  • Craft clear and compelling plot points, scene by scene
  • Create plot twists that advance the story, deepen the characters and transform the relationships 

Day 3: MEANING

Put it all together! This is a crash course on profound structures that really sing.  Day 3 reveals how to:
  • Use Action to create a roller coaster ride through a truth
  • Craft a profound transformation for your characters and your audience
  • Write truly exciting, playable episodes that embody meaning

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 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: FRI SEPT 22 - SUN SEPT 24

FRI 7-10:30PM

SAT 12-6:30PM

SUN 12-6:30PM

 

WHERE?

LOS ANGELES:
Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Rehearsal Room 5C - Fifth Floor
 
 

REGISTER:

LOS ANGELES: FRI SEPT 22 - SUN SEPT 24

Application Deadline - WED SEPT 20

 

TAKE A LAB: 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.)