The 20 Best Podcasts about Filmmaking / Top Filmmaker Podcasts in 2021
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Let’s review Front Row’s top 20 podcasts on filmmaking. We’ll discuss:
(in no particular order)
- Just Shoot It podcast
- New York Production Alliance / NYPA's podcast
- The Art of Film Funding podcast
- Business of Film
- Craft Truck Uncut
- The No Film School Podcast
- Happier in Hollywood
- The Director's Cut - A DGA Podcast
- Location Sound Podcast
- Directing Magic – a podcast about women filmmakers
- Film Riot Podcast
- Cinematalk (UW-Madison)
- Legends of Film Podcast (Nashville Public Library)
- Blank Check with Griffin & David
- Film Formally
- Film Insights
- Film Design
- The Filmmakers Podcast
- Filmmakers Guide Podcast
1. Just Shoot It
Just Shoot It is a podcast on filmmaking, screenwriting and directing. Each week on the podcast, you can find interviews with directors, screenwriters, editors, cinematographers and actors, and learn how they became successful, working content creators.
The podcast shares tips and stories of how people in the entertainment industry forced their ways into sustainable careers. The podcast is all about “getting off your butt and making your own videos.”
2. New York Production Alliance / NYPA
The NYPA podcast, Beyond the Set New York, connects listeners with the people, companies and organizations involved with unifying the film and television industry in New York.
The NYPA represents the unified voice of the film, television & commercial production, and post-production industry in NYC.
3. The Art of Film Funding
Carole Dean hosts The Art of Film Funding Podcast, featuring interviews with experts on film funding, film finance, film marketing, and film distribution.
Carole Dean is President and Founder of From the Heart Productions, a 501(c) non-profit which helps indie filmmakers get film funding.
4. Business of Film
As its title suggests, this podcast is dedicated to the business of film, interviewing top industry professionals (producers, distributors, sales companies, agents, managers, financiers and more).
Business of Film is an invaluable podcast for both emerging and established filmmakers. Each episode presents an absolute wealth of insider knowledge.
5. Craft Truck Uncut
Craft Truck Uncut features uncut audio from Craft Truck’s interviews with top cinematographers & editors.
Craft Truck is an educational resource hub for entertainment industry professionals, created by film producer Jesse Ikeman.
Proclaiming itself “the flagship film podcast”, Filmspotting (formerly Cinecast) is a weekly film podcast out of Chicago hosted by film critics Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.
The podcast focuses on film analysis and features interviews with film industry players, including directors, writers, actors and producers.
7. The No Film School Podcast
The No Film School Podcast features an eclectic array of interviews with film industry players, including cinematographers, directors, writers, producers and actors.
The No Film School website is the leading worldwide community of filmmakers, video producers, and independent creatives.
8. Happier in Hollywood
Happier in Hollywood is a more writing- and producing-focused podcast, as two Hollywood writer/producers, Liz Craft & Sarah Fain, host it.
This podcast is about “how to be happier, healthier, saner, more creative, more successful, and more productive” in Hollywood.
9. The Director's Cut - A DGA Podcast
The Director's Cut - A DGA (Directors Guild of America) Podcast brings you behind-the-scenes stories of the most discussed contemporary movies. Each episode features a new director, interviewed by one of their peers.
Notable episodes include “The Craft of the Director with Ron Howard”, “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood with Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson” and “The Irishman with Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee”.
10. Location Sound Podcast
The Location Sound Podcast features location sound mixers, boom ops and other industry pros involved in recording sound on-location for feature and independent films, TV commercials, interviews, etc.
Whether you are a seasoned vet or just starting out and interested in sound recording, this podcast is full of great stories and lessons about recording on-location.
11. Directing Magic
Directing Magic – a podcast about women filmmakers was created to encourage and inspire filmmakers by sharing the wisdom and experience of successful women in film and TV.
This podcast features conversations with established women in the entertainment industry who generously share their insights about succeeding in the business.
12. Film Riot Podcast
The podcast from Film Riot features plenty of interesting interviews with film industry talent, including writers, directors and cinematographers.
Notable episodes include: “Writing & Directing Story Driven Horror”, “Directing a Blockbuster with an Indie Budget” and “How a Hollywood Legend Directs Actors”.
The Cinematalk podcast from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Communication Arts is entertaining and informative, featuring interviews with directors and others in the film industry.
Notable episodes include: “The Great Silence with Special Guest, Alexander Payne”, “Peter Sellers: Lost and Found” and “Hong Sang-soo's Woman on the Beach”.
14. Legends of Film Podcast
Nashville Public Library’s Legends of Film Podcast features interviews with directors, screenwriters, and actors who share their experiences on notable films. This behind-the-scenes series features “the greats as you have never heard before.”
Notable interviews include: cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond, screenwriter Stephen Geller, composer Charles Bernstein and Sara Karloff, daughter of late actor Boris Karloff.
15. Blank Check with Griffin & David
Blank Check with Griffin & David is a film podcast following the career output of directors who have had some success and are then offered a figurative “blank check” to pursue their passion projects. Most episodes focus on a single movie from the director's filmography.
Movies discussed include: various Star Wars films, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Starship Troopers, Edward Scissorhands, Mad Max, and others.
16. Film Formally
Film Formally is a podcast that “dives into the deep end of film.” In each episode, Canadian filmmakers Will Ross & Devan Scott (Sad Hill Media) get specific and analyze one filmmaking technique.
Past episodes include: discussions of concert films, sound design, independent movie post-production and videography.
17. Film Insights
The Film Insights Podcast interviews passionate filmmakers, delivering great stories, exploring the ins and outs of the creative process, and provides fresh insight and memorable anecdotes from the world of filmmaking.
–Hosted by filmmaker Eden Ocean.
18. Film Design
The Film Design Podcast takes the unique angle of focusing on production design, set decoration and art direction. The podcast is hosted by Max Lincoln, a UK-based production designer.
Past episodes include interviews with notable production designers and art directors, including Nicholas Foley, Dalia Gellert, Noam Piper, and many others.
19. The Filmmakers Podcast
The Filmmakers Podcast is another UK-based podcast about how to make films, from studio movies to micro budget productions.
Past episodes have included interviews with famous talent in the film industry, including Julie Delpy, Agnieszka Holland, John Badham, and Timothy Spall.
20. Filmmakers Guide Podcast
The Filmmaker’s Guide to the Industry (FGI) is a podcast from the US featuring in-depth interviews and insider knowledge about the business of the entertainment industry.
Past episodes include interviews with American film producers Randy Greenberg, Cat Sullivan, Tony Armer, and Tyler Martinolich, among others.
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