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.
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!
The people behind it: Adam Kempenaar, Josh Larsen, Sam Van Hallgren, Joe DeCeault, Candace Griffiths, and Michael Phillips Year created: 2005Average length: 90 minutes Where to listen: iTunes, Website, PlayerFM, 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
The people behind it: Jon Fusco and Liz Nord Year created: 2016Average 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
The people behind it: David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Jeff Cannata Year created: 2015Average length: 90 minutes Where to listen: PlayerFM, Podbean, RSS, 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
The people behind it: Alex Ferrari Year created: 2015Average length: Considerably varies (from 15-90 minutes) Where to listen: PlayerFM, Website, iTunes, Soundcloud, Podbean, RSS, 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
The people behind it: Franklin Leonard Year created: 2015Average length: Considerably varies (from 15-120 minutes) Where to listen: iTunes, Soundcloud, Podbean, RSS, 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
The people behind it: Eric Kohn Year created: 2016Average length: 30 minutes Where to listen: iTunes, Soundcloud, PlayerFM, Podbean, RSS, 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!
The people behind it: Shaun and Brian Year created: 2013Average length: 30-60 minutes Where to listen: iTunes, TuneIn, PlayerFM, Podbean, RSS, 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
The people behind it: David Bullis Year created: 2014Average length: 60-90 minutes Where to listen: iTunes, PlayerFM, Podbean, 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
The people behind it: Marc Maron Year created: 2009Average length: 80-100 minutes Where to listen: iTunes, Website, PlayerFM, Podbean, RSS, 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
The people behind it: Jason Buff Year created: 2015Average length: 90 minutes Where to listen: iTunes, Website, PlayerFM, Podbean, RSS, 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.
The people behind it: John August and Craig Mazin Year created: 2011Average 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
The people behind it: Ben Blacker Year created: 2012Average 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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