Do you love listening to podcasts and learning about filmmaking? Well, then, these film-specific podcasts are for you!
There are two types of people in this world. Those who listen to podcasts, and those who don’t. Don’t ask me why this division exists, but I promise you fall into one of these two camps. Either you’re a believer of the wonderful world of podcasts and enjoy enriching your life with the personal advice, stories and anecdotes of your favorite podcast hosts, or—I don’t know, maybe you listen to music or something else instead.
If you’re a podcast person (or maybe trying to go against your nature and join our ranks) and you’re interested in film and video production, then you absolutely should be listening to some (if not all) of these podcasts on our list.
No matter if you’re looking for the highly technical filmmaking advice from notable cinematographers like Roger Deakins or if you want the fun and lighthearted comedy film analysis of Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas, here are the best filmmaking podcasts worth checking out.
1. Team Deakins
If the name of this podcast alone doesn’t entice you, then you must not be familiar with one of the most famous names in the history of cinematography. Roger Deakins is largely regarded as one of the best working DPs (Director of Photography) in the industry, as well as one of the most prolific cinematographers of all time.
When news of the Team Deakins podcast was first announced, it was met with universal praise and rejoicing from cinephiles and aspiring cinematographers alike. Now, over 120 episodes in, the podcast—which is an ongoing conversation between Roger and his wife James Deakins—is one of the best resources for technical know-how and insightful cinematography. Add it to your list!
2. Indie Film Hustle
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If you’ve worked in film and video long enough, you’ll probably connect with this filmmaking podcast simply based on its title alone. Indie Film Hustle is a podcast about the trials, tribulations, and passions that keep so many of us going in this crazy industry (perfect for battling burnout).
Hosted by Alex Ferrari, Indie Film Hustle has almost 500 episodes from over five years, all dedicated to “showing you how to hack filmmaking and the film business,” including interviews with Oscar nominees, industry professionals, and all the real-world advice you’ll need to keep your filmmaking hustle strong.
If you’re at all interested in screenwriting, then you absolutely need to check out Scriptnotes. Hosted by veteran and well-pedigreed screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin, the duo breaks down everything you’d like to know about how screenplays—and stories, in general—work.
August (best known for Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Mazin (best known for the television show Chernobyl, as well as parody films like Scary Movie 3 and Superhero Movie) give week by week interviews with other industry leaders, diving into current projects, and exploring what makes a good script.
Honestly, while you could certainly learn from osmosis, this is the type of podcast that any aspiring screenwriter should listen to with pen in hand to take plenty of notes.
4. Off Camera
Another cinematography and filmmaking-focused podcast, Off Camera is hosted by director and DP Sam Jones, who shares conversations “with a myriad of artists, actors, musicians, directors, skateboarders, photographers, and writers that pique his interest.”
If you’d like to glean some industry insights, as well as take creative inspiration from other artistic walks of life, you should browse through the Off Camera podcast archives to see if any names pique your interest. I definitely recommend the episodes with Jenny Slate, Edward Norton, and Ethan Hawke.
5. How Did This Get Made?
While this one might be a stretch to call it a “filmmaking” podcast, I included it simply because it covers so many aspects about what makes people love films. How Did This Get Made? is a comedy podcast hosted by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas, and distributed on the Earwolf podcast network.
For each episode, the comedy trio dives into a different movie, usually an obscure B-movie or box office bomb. The format varies, but the hosts do a bit of digging to explore how they think it got made, while making jokes about why the producers, writers, and directors might have made the decisions they did.
Overall, it’s a lighthearted look at filmmaking, while lifting the veil on how hard, and odd, the whole process of making a movie can be. For filmmakers, it can be a nice break and a lesson in not taking things too seriously.
6. A24 Podcast
This is one of my favorite filmmaking podcast discoveries of the past year. The popular indie film distribution company A24 has become one of the biggest names in filmmaking (and almost on terms with Marvel as the new face of cinema).
The A24 Podcast, which only drops every month or so, gives some truly inspiring insights into the world of A24, and the many creative individuals who write, direct, and produce movies for the indie entertainment company. So, if you’re a fan of A24 films—The Spectacular Now, Ex Machina, Moonlight—you should take your filmmaking fandom a step further by checking out the podcast behind so many of your favorite indie films.
7. You Must Remember This
Launched in 2014, the You Must Remember This podcast is written, produced, and narrated by Karina Longworth and is “dedicated to exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century.” Longworth’s exhaustive research (done along with her researcher and PA Lindsey D. Schoenholtz) offers amazing insights into the rich history of cinema with some surprising stories and anecdotes along the way.
Featuring interviews with the likes of John Mulaney, Max Linsky, and Kelly Marcel, the podcast is another resource for filmmakers who might be interested in understanding how Hollywood was built and the types of characters, studios, and stories that still inform how to make it in this competitive industry.
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