The landscape of filmmaking podcasts is changing all the time. Today, we take a look at some of the best filmmaking podcasts that you can listen to today.
Whether you’re a filmmaker, video freelancer, a video company, or anything else, connecting with other creatives is a must.
You can use these filmmaking podcasts for gaining new insights, discovering new ideas and tech, or just to put your feet up and listen to a fellow professional break things down.
We’ve also included some awesome video production-centric podcasts, as well as the more filmmaking-based ones.
What Are Filmmaking Podcasts?
Filmmaking podcasts are just like any other podcast, but they focus on the filmmaking process.
Some of them feature interviews with filmmakers and others are Q&A sessions about things like how to get started in the industry or what it’s like to be a director.
These podcasts can be really helpful for beginners who want more information about filmmaking before embarking on their own projects.
Filmmaking podcasts are a great way to stay connected with the film industry.
Filmmaking podcasts cover everything from indie filmmaking to major Hollywood films and even documentary filmmaking.
The best part is that these podcast episodes can be listened to on-demand or downloaded for offline listening so you can listen whenever you want!
Let’s jump in and look at the filmmaking podcasts out there!
The Best Filmmaking Podcasts
Let’s take a look at what we consider to be the best filmmaking podcasts. As well as general filmmaking podcasts, we’ve included in this list some more specific video production podcasts.
“The Film Riot Podcast is a conversation with talented and innovative filmmakers. From directors, editors, stunt coordinators, DPs, Actors, VFX artists, & more.”
“Filmspotting is a weekly film podcast and radio program from Chicago hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen. The show originally began as a progression from Kempenaar’s film blog Cinemascoped.”
“Every week, host Elvis Mitchell conducts in-depth interviews with the most innovative and influential people working in entertainment, art, and pop culture.”
“The Business is a weekly podcast featuring lively banter about entertainment industry news and in-depth interviews with directors, producers, writers and actors. The show is hosted by award-winning journalist Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter and produced by KCRW. Past guests include Norman Lear, Ava DuVernay, Matt Damon and Ice Cube.”
“Scriptnotes is a weekly podcast that began airing on August 30, 2011. It is billed as “a podcast about screenwriting, and things that are interesting to screenwriters.” The podcast is hosted by screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin, with new episodes released every Tuesday.”
Advantages of Listening To Filmmaking Podcasts
• For filmmakers by filmmakers.
• Original, insightful conversation about the craft of filmmaking.
• Inside information and tips about how to improve your films.
• Learn about filmmaking from experts and filmmakers themselves.
• Gain more in-depth knowledge of the industry you might be entering.
• Get expert opinions and advice on all aspects of filmmaking – camera work, lighting, screenwriting, directing etc.
• Gain practical insights on what it takes to make an excellent film.
• Save money on expensive tuition costs.
“Listen up, film fans! Actor & comedian Paul Scheer and film critic Amy Nicholson want your advice as they make the ultimate list of the greatest movies of all time.
In Season 1, they watched every one of the AFI’s Top 100 films…and decided they could kick off half.
Now, they’re filling in the gaps by investigating wildly diverse areas of film through miniseries on topics like horror movies, documentaries, and romantic comedies, with help from listeners’ picks.
Along the way, they’ll dissect iconic scenes, spotlight their favorite characters, and talk to some of the actors and directors who worked on these classics. And when Unspooled has built their own list of the best movies on earth, they’ll blast them into space to be immortalized for eternity. Seriously.”
“/Film hired the incredible team running The Watchers Podcast and launched the site’s regular live podcast, the /Filmcast on May 26th, 2008. In the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley debate, pontificate, and delve into the latest films, film news, television shows, and entertainment-related items from the previous week. The podcast quickly became one of the top film podcasts on iTunes.”
Just Shoot It
“After a lively dinner in Hollywood, Matt Enlow and Oren Kaplan spent the rest of the night talking in the parking lot, after having realized that there wasn’t a podcast geared towards the question they were both constantly asking themselves: What does a director do?
See, they both knew what the big-time Hollywood directors they grew up idolizing did.
Their heads were *filled* with anecdotes and stories about the good old days of Hollywood filmmaking. But did any of that actually apply to them, two working directors you’ve never heard of?
They realized that for people just starting out, looking to quit their day jobs and climb the ladders of Hollywood, resources were slim. They also both, coincidentally, wanted to start a podcast.”
The Director’s Cut
“Brought to you by The Directors Guild of America, The Director’s Cut brings you the behind-the-scenes stories of today’s most talked-about films. Each episode features a new director interviewed by one of their peers, leading to revealing conversations about the grueling but rewarding process of bringing the most interesting stories to life.”
Indie Film Hustle
“Welcome to the Indie Film Hustle Podcast, your source for how to hack the indie film world! The show is currently ranked the #1 indie filmmaking podcast on iTunes! Thanks so much for all the support!
I created the Indie Film Hustle Podcast to help as many indie filmmakers as I could. I wanted to bring the best guests, industry leaders, and film business friends to you, the IFH Tribe.
I hope this podcast can help you along your journey as an artist, filmmaking entrepreneur, filmmaker, and human being.”
How Did This Get Made?
“Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it’s amazing? Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas want to hear about it! We’ll watch it with our funniest friends, and report back to you with the results.”
“A pretty good podcast about really good films and filmmakers. Hosted by Christian Schultz and Jared Hogan.”
School of Doc
“School of Doc introduces listeners to the world’s most renowned documentary filmmakers. In each episode, host David Altrogge sits down with a world-class documentarian to discuss the craft of documentary filmmaking. A production of Vinegar Hill — VinegarHill.film”
You Must Remember This
“You Must Remember This is the podcast dedicated to exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century.
The podcast was created and is written, produced, and narrated by Karina Longworth. Our research and production assistant is Lindsey D. Schoenholtz, and our social media assistant is Brendan Whalen. Our logo was designed by Teddy Blanks.”
“Ever wonder how inflatable men came to be regular fixtures at used car lots? Curious about the origin of the fortune cookie? Want to know why Sigmund Freud opted for a couch over an armchair?
99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.
With over 400 million downloads, 99% Invisible is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes and is available on RadioPublic, via RSS, and through other apps.”
The Cutting Room
“The Cutting Room is the official podcast of Aotg.com. Each week we interview post professionals about their strategy to crafting the films we love.”
The Black List Table Reads
“The Black List Table Reads takes the best and most exciting screenplays Hollywood hasn’t yet made, and turns them into movies, for your ears.”
IndieWire Screen Talk
“Each week on Screen Talk, Indiewire’s chief film critic Eric Kohn talks with Thompson on Hollywood’s Anne Thompson about the indie film world and beyond — from film festivals to new releases and the future of the business.”
“Award-winning miniseries about the filmmakers who revolutionized the movies. Season 1: George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and the 1970s Movie Revolution. Season 2: The Story of James Cameron. It’s a movie for your ears.”
Indiewire: Filmmaker Toolkit
“Interviews with leading film and TV creators about their process and craft. From screenwriting to film language to cinematography, we’ll be examining the innovative ways today’s best filmmakers are getting their visions out into the world.”
The Call Sheet
“The Call Sheet with Kris Tapley is a weekly show that dives deep into the craft of your favorite Netflix films and series with some of the most talented artists and artisans in the game.”
“No host, no ads, no rules. From the people behind Midsommar, Uncut Gems, The Farewell, Lady Bird, Moonlight, The Witch, The Lobster, Ex Machina, and more.”
“Carl Olson is a fine art painter, photographer, and filmmaker.
He became a fine art painter much later in life. The interest had always been there; however, painting remained in the background mostly as a hobby while he ran a successful web-based design and content production company.
He and his team wrote software that glued together the intricate processes of businesses and commerce.
Striving for the utmost in software quality and reliability, he envisioned each line of code as if it were a finely executed brushstroke of luscious oil paint in a masterpiece.
After running his business for several decades, Carl now focuses on creating fine art. Oil paint, canvas, and his easel have replaced the command line and software development tools he used for so many years.”
“Winner of the iTunes “Best of 2015” & “Best of 2016”, and winner of “Best History Podcast 2016” by the Academy of Podcasters.
Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares.
Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.
Each episode examines a new dark historical tale in a modern campfire experience. With more than 32,300 5-star reviews on Apple Podcasts, and over 285-million listens, that’s clearly a good thing.
New episodes are released every two weeks, on Mondays.”
The Plot Thickens
“Welcome to The Plot Thickens, a new documentary podcast about the movies and the people who make them.
Our first season is I’m Still Peter Bogdanovich, the tale of a young cinephile who became one of Hollywood’s top directors – but soon found himself a victim of jealousy, public scorn, and a devastating crime.”
“A weekly conversation about movies and other important things. Visit us at nototally.com!”
“Jeff Goldsmith interviews screenwriters and filmmakers alike about their creative process!”
“Each week Dave interviews a working professional from the film and TV industry from Academy Award Winners to indie filmmakers just starting out, there’s something in the podcast for everyone!”
“The Team Deakins podcast is an ongoing conversation between acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins and James Deakins, his collaborator, about cinematography, the film business, and whatever other questions are submitted.
We start with a specific question and end….who knows where! We are joined by guests periodically. Follow-up questions can be posted in the forums at www.rogerdeakins.com.”
“Twice a month, 99U sits down with a leading creative, thinker, or entrepreneur to delve deep into their one-of-a-kind insights about the creative process.”
“Binge Mode is a pop culture podcast produced by The Ringer. It is hosted by the website’s editor-in-chief, Mallory Rubin, and former senior creative, Jason Concepcion.
The first episode premiered on June 5, 2017. Binge Mode has been named to “best podcast” lists by Time, USA Today, and Adweek.”
Art Vs. Commerce
“The Art vs. Commerce Podcast is a conversation with film, television, and commercial creatives who are at the top of their respective industries. Accolades for past guests include Oscars, Emmys, and premieres at the world’s most important festivals.
Discussions detail critical career-defining moments in an attempt to learn how they handle success, failure, and the pressure of making world-renown work.
Podcast host Jared Levy is a cinematographer whose personal career highlights include the 2018 Tribeca Film Fest selection The Last Fisherman which is also featured in the June 2019 issue of American Cinematographer. He enjoys using the podcast as a way to speak with and learn from talented industry professionals.”
The Big Picture
“The Ringer dives into movies as Sean Fennessey sits down with Hollywood’s biggest filmmakers, breaks down the latest industry trends, handicaps the upcoming Oscars race, and reviews new films with Ringer colleagues like Shea Serrano, Amanda Dobbins, and Bill Simmons.”
“’The Rewatchables,’ a film podcast from the Ringer Podcast Network, features The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and a roundtable of people from The Ringer universe discussing movies they can’t seem to stop watching.
Listen to the complete archives of 150-plus movies, including ‘The Hangover,’ ‘Godfather 2,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Creed,’ and many more classics, on our special ‘Rewatchables’ page on The Ringer.”
Go Creative Show
“Go Creative Show is a podcast for filmmakers hosted by Creative Director Ben Consoli.
Each week we invite A-list cinematographers, production designers, directors, and producers to share their experiences with our audience and enrich our production community.
With nearly 2 million downloads in 180 countries, the Go Creative Show has become one of the top podcasts of its kind.
Past guests include Lawrence Sher (Joker), Robert Eggers (The Lighthouse), Baz Idoine (The Mandalorian), Barbera Ling (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood), Newton Thomas Sigel (Bohemian Rhapsody), Rick Carter (Star Wars, Avatar) and more.”
Digital Production Buzz
“Each week the Digital Production BuZZ works to keep you in touch with trends and technologies, people and practices that you need to know to keep up to date with digital production, postproduction, and distribution opportunities.
We plan to inform, educate, and entertain you by showcasing the people creating the cool tools and those who’re using them in creative or innovative projects.
We’ll bring you what’s happening now, the tools and techniques to make your business grow now, and where we think the industry will evolve in the future so you can take advantage of emerging opportunities.
You can rely on the Digital Production BuZZ for an honest and informed opinion. Each show presents interesting guests and industry leaders, along with technical and creative ideas from around the US and the world.”
Twenty Thousand Hertz
“Dallas Taylor is the host and creator of Twenty Thousand Hertz, a lovingly crafted podcast revealing the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds.
Dallas is also the Creative Director of Defacto Sound, where he has led thousands of high-profile projects ranging from blockbuster trailers and advertising campaigns to Sundance award-winning films and major television series.
Dallas is a sought-after speaker at conferences, a regular contributor to major publications, and a respected thought leader on the narrative power of sound.”
Our Week In Video
“Experienced videographers Ben Bruton-Cox and Richard Shelton discuss their week in video. From weddings to commercial and promotional video they well you what they came up against.”
Engage Video Marketing
“A weekly podcast exploring the power of online video to engage audiences and move them to action. Hosted by leading online video strategist Ben Amos.”
The Editing Bay
“This NextWave Radio co-founder is no stranger to the world of spoken audio, having built his career as an on-air personality for several radio stations across the Dallas/Fort Worth market.
Joe brings his silky tones and years of movie watching experience to the show, not to mention his wicked sense of humor and skilled celebrity impersonations.”
Indie Film Academy Podcast
“The Indie Film Academy Podcast features interviews with film industry insiders in every aspect of the filmmaking and screenwriting process.
Our goal is to give filmmakers and screenwriters as much information as possible about the entire filmmaking process so that they don’t make the mistakes that many others have made in the past.
Our focus is not simply on one way to make a film or write a screenplay, but on the many different ways that filmmakers and screenwriters have found success with a variety of funding, writing, and distribution strategies.
We also discuss technical details like ways to attract investors, craft a story, and build an audience.”
Conversations Over Sweet Tea
“Award-winning photographer Virgil Bunao hosts this intimate podcast featuring conversations with creatives, entrepreneurs, friends, and colleagues.”
Respect The Process
“One-on-one chats with filmmakers about commercials by the filmmakers and creatives that make them.
Hosted by filmmaker Jordan Brady, director of over 1200 commercials, 4 feature films, 3 full-length documentaries, and one Netflix special. Jordan is the Founder of Commercial Directing Film School.”
“A podcast about how to build a career in filmmaking. No Film School shares the latest opportunities and trends for anyone working in film and TV. We break news on cameras, lighting, and apps.
We interview leaders in screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing, and producing. And we answer your questions! We are dedicated to sharing knowledge with filmmakers around the globe, “no film school” required.”
Everything Video Podcast
“Mark Harman from Red Book Productions and Simon Scholes from Perception Studios discuss the world of Video Marketing and how you can harness its awesome power.”
Filmmakers Drinking Bourbon
“Featuring production insight and breakdowns, gear and movie talk, and more – all while discovering new Bourbons.”
The Writers Panel
“The definitive insider’s guide to our current golden age of television, Ben Blacker’s The Writers Panel is an ever-expanding anthology of live convention panels and intimate in-studio interviews with the writers, producers, and showrunners responsible for all the shows you can’t stop watching.
Over the course of nearly 400 episodes and counting, The Writers Panel has sat across from guests such as:
- Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad),
- Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls,
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel),
- Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (Key and Peele),
- Liz Meriwether (New Girl), and
- Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) to talk about the art and business of creating great television.
Produced by the Forever Dog Podcast Network.”
Best Filmmaking Podcasts – Wrapping Up
I hope you’ve found this article on what we consider the best filmmaking podcasts helpful. These podcasts are great places to gain additional knowledge, hone your skills, learn more about a particular area.
Some of these also have fantastic communities built around them where you can get critiques and feedback, as well as ask direct questions to gain insight, etc.
So whether you’re a narrative filmmaker, a video company, freelancer, influencer, or anything else, these podcasts will help you out.
Did we miss any? What is your favorite filmmaking podcast? Let us know in the comments below.
Good list, a few gems in there I hadn’t seen before, but you did miss a big one, the Cinematography Podcast! My personal favorite. It’s published every week, the hosts and guests are great! Highly recommend!