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The Best Podcasts for Filmmakers

These days, you can name almost any subject and find a great podcast on that topic. This holds true for filmmaking as well. From podcasts designed for general film lovers to super technical ones from industry insiders, there truly is something for everyone. In this post, we've curated a list of our favorites, based on input from our technical specialists and other members of our team.

 

Virtual Production Podcast by Noah Kadner & AbelCine

Virtual Production

We've teamed up with The Virtual Company to launch a new podcast all about the technology, evolution and adoption of virtual production. Host Noah Kadner is the author of The Virtual Production Field Guide for Epic Games and a longtime contributor to American Cinematographer magazine. With episodes being released every three weeks or so, you'll get to meet the filmmakers behind The Mandalorian, The Avengers, The Lion King, The Jungle Book, and more. Topics include remote collaboration, visualization, real-time game engines, in-camera compositing, and LED wall cinematography. Learn how features and scripted shows are employing elements of virtual production on their projects from some of the industry’s leading directors, cinematographers, visual effects supervisors, production designers, and others.

 

Wandering DP Podcast

Wandering DP

The Wandering DP Podcast is the ultimate source for cinematography knowledge, news, and interviews. From one on one interviews with some of today's top directors of photography to educational components on how you can capture better images, it is your home for information on the art of digital cinematography. Whether you are new to the camera department or a professional DP, there is something to be learned and put in to action in each and every episode.

 

Team Deakins

Team Deakins

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. It probably goes without saying that anything Roger Deakins has to say about cinematography will draw an audience, but it also helps that featured guests like director Denis Villeneuve, cinematographer Hoyte van Hotema, and actor Jake Gyllenhaal stop by to chat.

 

Walking Backwards

Walking Backwards

Steadicam Operator Brad Grimmett talks with other Steadicam Operators and crew members about the business of film and television, tricks of the trade, and more. Walking Backwards is pretty informal, format-wise, and definitely has the feeling of a conversation between friends (except, of course, the friends are both professional Steadicam Operators). Don't worry if you're not though, there's lots of great advice on filmmaking – especially how to handle working with a crew or on set – for all levels.

 

American Cinematographer

American Cinematographer Podcasts

American Cinematographer magazine interviews cinematographers, directors and other key collaborators involved in the creative process of bringing film and television projects to the screen. Naturally most of the guests are ASC members themselves, so this is definitely a podcast to listen to when you want to feel inspired and motivated for your next project. It's always great to hear about technical or creative challenges these cinematographers may have faced and how they found a way to overcome them.

 

Twenty Thousand Hertz

Twenty Thousand Hertz

This is for the audiophiles out there. Twenty Thousand Hertz is a lovingly-crafted podcast revealing the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. It's created by Dallas Taylor, 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.

 

VFXPodcast

FXPodcast & VFXShow

Brought to you by the team at fxguide.com, FXPodcast and VFXShow feature in-depth interviews with the VFX supervisors from some of the biggest movies in recent years. Previous episodes have focused on films such as 1917, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Dr. Strange. Other episodes cover specific topics relevant to anyone working in VFX (or just filmmaking in general) such as the latest in CGI technology and remote production tools.

 

Film Roundtable

Film Roundtable

Film Roundtable was created as a space for artists in the industry to talk freely about what is happening during this unprecedented moment in time. Previous episodes have featured guests such as Bradford Young, Autumn de Wilde, and Rodrigo Prieto exploring the filmmaking process as well as how they nurture their own artistic growth in a post-COVID world.

 

A24 Podcast

The A24 Podcast

A24 is the company behind Midsommar, The Farewell, Eighth Grade, Hereditary, Lady Bird, Moonlight, The Witch, The Lobster, Ex Machina, and more. This podcast is a bit different than the others in that there is no host. The format is structured as more of a free-ranging conversation between creative collaborators, with previous guests including Martin Scorsese & Joanna Hogg, Ari Aster & Robert Eggers, and Janicza Bravo & Joi McMillon.

  

Got a favorite filmmaking podcast you'd like to see included? Let us know in the comments!

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