The 12 Best Filmmaking and Screenwriting Podcasts of 2017

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Nowadays, there are many kinds of media you can consume to get new information about your favorite topics, or just to enjoy pure entertainment. And that’s a great thing! Besides blogs or YouTube channels, podcasts have been gaining a lot of popularity during the last few years.

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That’s no surprise, since they’re a very effective medium. Watching a video, you’re bound to concentrate on the visuals, which makes them hard to enjoy while driving to work or doing chores.

However, with a podcast, you’re way more flexible, so you can listen to them wherever you want to. Since I work at a startup that develops video annotation software, I’m in contact with many filmmakers on a regular basis, so I know how important flexibility can be.

In this article, we’ll introduce you to 10 great podcasts for filmmakers. Have fun!

1. Filmspotting

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The people behind it: Adam Kempenaar, Josh Larsen, Sam Van Hallgren, Joe DeCeault, Candace Griffiths, and Michael Phillips
Year created: 2005
Current number of episodes: 638
Average length: 90 minutes
Where to listen: iTunes, WebsitePlayerFM, Podbean, or RSS

Every week, Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen talk about movies and previews, and they present you their own Top 5 or Top 10 rankings, such as “Top 5 Movies That Console and Restore Hope” (episode 612) or “Top 10 Films of 2016” (episodes 616 and 617). Whether you’re a filmmaking expert or just a movie fan, this podcast is exactly what you’re looking for.

2. NoFilmSchool Podcast

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The people behind it: Jon Fusco and Liz Nord
Year created: 2016
Current number of episodes: 116
Average length: 30-60 minutes
Where to listen: iTunes, Soundcloud, Website, PlayerFM, Podbean, RSS, or Stitcher

The No Film School Podcast is the audio channel of nofilmschool.com, which is a huge community of filmmakers, video producers, and independent creatives. Their podcast features interviews with leading filmmakers and industry authorities and reports from well-known film festivals like Sundance. Plus, there’s also Indie Film Weekly, a weekly wrap-up of what’s new in the world of filmmaking.

3. The /Filmcast

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The people behind it: David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Jeff Cannata
Year created: 2015
Current number of episodes: 421
Average length: 90 minutes
Where to listen: PlayerFM, PodbeanRSS, or Stitcher

Speaking of weekly movies, The /Filmcast is a highly enjoyable podcast if you’re interested in movie reviews and discussions on a professional level. David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Jeff Cannata exchange their different points of views concerning certain movies in an intriguing way: they always keep the atmosphere humorous and lighthearted.

4. Indie Film Hustle

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The people behind it: Alex Ferrari
Year created: 2015
Current number of episodes: 160
Average length: Considerably varies (from 15-90 minutes)
Where to listen: PlayerFM, Website, iTunes, SoundcloudPodbeanRSS, or Stitcher

The Indie Film Hustle podcast offers survival hacks for your indie filmmaking career. Anything you can imagine that’s linked with movie production is featured and discussed in this podcast, including cinematography, post-production, color-grading, and distribution.

5. The Black List Table Reads

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The people behind it: Franklin Leonard
Year created: 2015
Current number of episodes: 86
Average length: Considerably varies (from 15-120 minutes)
Where to listen:  iTunes, SoundcloudPodbeanRSS, or Stitcher

Black List Table Reads takes the most exciting screenplays Hollywood hasn’t yet made, and turns them into life, or more aptly, into an audio play. Black List founder Franklin Leonard presents a new script every month, which is read by a rotating cast of talented actors. It also features interviews with the Hollywood screenwriting community and beyond.

6. IndieWire Screen Talk

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The people behind it: Eric Kohn
Year created: 2016
Current number of episodes: 152
Average length: 30 minutes
Where to listen:  iTunes, Soundcloud, PlayerFMPodbeanRSS, or Stitcher

Each week on Screen Talk, Indiewire’s chief film critic Eric Kohn talks with Hollywood’s Anne Thompson about the indie film world and beyond, including film festivals, new releases, and the future of the business.

7. No, Totally!

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The people behind it: Shaun and Brian
Year created: 2013
Current number of episodes: 162
Average length: 30-60 minutes
Where to listen:  iTunes, TuneIn, PlayerFMPodbeanRSS, or Stitcher

This unique podcast features duo Brian and Shaun talking about film-related topics and chewing the fat about anything and everything. It’s a great mixture of a nice, casual conversation and an exchange of opinions about movies. Personally, I really like this podcast because it’s so much fun to listen to.

8. David Bullis

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The people behind it: David Bullis
Year created: 2014
Current number of episodes: 165
Average length: 60-90 minutes
Where to listen:  iTunes, PlayerFMPodbean, or Stitcher

As a passionate writer and producer, Dave Bullis interviews his podcast experts from the TV and film industry. Dave has already worked with NFL Films on a commercial with Ray Lewis and Tom Brady, contributed to Tim Burton’s “Corpse Exquis” social media storytelling project, and appeared as an extra in the TV shows “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and “Friday Night Lights.”

9. WTF with Marc Maron

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The people behind it: Marc Maron
Year created: 2009
Current number of episodes: 819
Average length: 80-100 minutes
Where to listen:  iTunes, Website, PlayerFMPodbeanRSS, or Stitcher

For over 20 years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest, thought-provoking comedy. In September 2009, he changed the podcast landscape when he started WTF with Marc Maron, featuring his revelatory conversations with iconic personalities, such as Conan O’Brien, Terry Gross, Robin Williams, Keith Richards, Ben Stiller, Lorne Michaels, and President Barack Obama. It became a worldwide phenomenon, with more than 6 million downloads each month and 250 million total downloads within its first 6 years.

10. Indie FIlm Academy Podcast

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The people behind it: Jason Buff
Year created: 2015
Current number of episodes: 58
Average length: 90 minutes
Where to listen:  iTunes, Website, PlayerFMPodbeanRSS, or Stitcher

The Indie Film Academy Podcast covers any topic related to filmmaking, which also includes financial and business issues. Since the podcast is especially targeted at Indie filmmakers, it shows you how to find investors and develop an audience, but it also covers topics like screenwriting and directing.

11. Scriptnotes

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The people behind it: John August and Craig Mazin
Year created: 2011
Current number of episodes: 304
Average length: 35-120 minutes
Where to listen:  iTunes, Website

As far as screenwriting podcasts go, John August’s Scriptnotes is one of the go-tos. Taking a cue from his blog, Scriptnotes covers all the topics screenwriters never talk about like “Where to find an agent?,” “What’s the difference between a revision and a polish?,” and “What to wear to meetings?” Catch new episodes of this screenwriting podcast every Tuesday.

12. The Writers Panel

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The people behind it: Ben Blacker
Year created: 2012
Current number of episodes: 300
Average length: 90 minutes
Where to listen:  iTunes, Website

The Writers Panel, hosted by Ben Blacker, brings together the top TV writers (and occasional feature writers) to discuss how they got their start in the business, their writing process, and all the lessons learned along the way. Each episode usually brings together two or more writers for an informal chat that gives a real take on how the sausage of tv, film, comic books, and novels are made. It’s usually funny, but always insightful, making it one of the best screenwriting podcasts.

 

Prick up your ears!

Even though there are some great podcasts for you to choose from on this list, they’re only the tip of the iceberg. There are many other entertaining and well-made podcasts out there, especially ones about filmmaking, so you might just find a brand-new passion. Enjoy listening, and stay tuned!

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As a writer for The Advertising Bible, which is a blog by Filestage, Soukaina El Gharbaoui loves to write and to live out her creativity in many ways, also in the world of content marketing. Filestage is a feedback tool for videos, documents and designs and is the most comfortable way to review and approve PDFs, videos and images online with coworkers and clients.
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