22 Podcasts on Filmmaking You Should Be Listening to Right Now

What are your favorite podcasts on filmmaking? 

If you have a lot of downtime, and I think we all do right now, a podcast might be a great way to help pass it. There are so many great pods out there, how can you choose which ones are the best for you? I wanted to select some of my favorite filmmaking podcasts that would be perfect to entertain and inform you. 

So let's go through the list of the twenty I selected. 

What Are The 22 Best Podcasts on Film and Filmmaking? 

1. Unspooled 

Want to watch the AFI Top 100 films and dissect them? Unspooled features actor Paul Scheer, who is a lifelong movie buff but has admittedly seen very few of history's most celebrated classic films. On Unspooled, he teams-up with film critic Amy Nicholson to watch all 100 movies and talk about whether or not they really belong on the list. 

2. How Did This Get Made? 

Ever wonder how terrible movies happen? How Did This Get Made? is a podcast hosted by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas. Each episode, which typically has a different guest star, features the deconstruction and mockery of outlandish and bad films from The Fast and Furious Franchise to Brink

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3. Scriptnotes 

A-list screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin give advice on breaking stories, coming up with ideas, and navigating Hollywood. It's a wonderful discussion by and for people interested in screenwriting. 

4. You Must Remember This 

One of my favorite topics is film history, and no one digs deeper than critic Karina Longworth. Her podcast has been running for a while and covers deep dives into different eras and topics within Hollywood history. 

5. Blockbuster 

A new obsession of mine, each season follows a different filmmaker's rise to prominence. This year they are covering James Cameron. Each episode is an audio drama with actors and they tell you about the specific events that led to the rise of the person. 

6. The Plot Thickens 

This one just started, but Turner Classic Movies curates this story of a filmmaker. Season one is about Peter Bogdanovich. Alongside host Ben Mankiewicz, "Peter looks back on his life, trying to make sense of the good and the bad, and reckon with his legacy in an unforgiving industry."

7. No Film School

Shameless self-plug? Maybe. But it's a great 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. 

8. The Q&A

In this interview series, Jeff Goldsmith talks to screenwriters and filmmakers alike about their creative process. He gets down to deep questions and always focuses on breaking in stories, which I think helped me find my footing when I moved here.  

9. Filmspotting 

It's over a dozen years old, and more than 600 episodes deep, Filmspotting hosts Josh Larsen and Adam Kempenaar, create cinephiles out of casual fans and make sure we always know what's going on in Hollywood. It's educational and inspirational. A must-listen for people who want to be here. 

10. The Black List 

Franklin Leonard and Kate Hagen of The Black List talk to filmmakers, dissect movies, and get to the heart of Hollywood. They speak to huge names like Spike Lee, Leysle Headland, and Cathy Yan. Hosts dig deep into what's going on inside the town and really focus in on how Hollywood is changing right now. 

11. WTF 

Hosted by Marc Maron, WTF offers an intimate look into a guest's life each week. Maron is an excellent talker, helping pull stories and factoids out of people we've never heard before. While not every guest is involved in filmmaking, it's a treasure to listen to week in and out. 

12. 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. Every 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. 

13. The Treatment 

Every week, host and critic Elvis Mitchell conducts in-depth interviews with the most innovative and influential people working in entertainment, art, and pop culture. His tone and structure really get people to open up and always captures the zeitgeist of the world. Available on NPR. 

14. The Business

Another NPR great, The Business is a weekly podcast featuring 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. She talks to everyone from Ice Cube to Normal Lear. 

15. A24 

What's better than filmmakers talking to filmmakers? This show just allows two filmmakers to talk and records it. That simple act not only lets friends catch up but also lets people who have never met have a sort of general meeting. It's really fun and another informal side of the world. 

16. Rewatchables

Like a movie so much you've seen more than once? Well, Bill Simmons, Sean Fennessey, and Chris Ryan are in the same boat. This show has a ton of guests, like Quentin Tarantino, and assembles a long list of movies they love to watch over and over. And even gab about later. 

17. The Big Picture

Another banger from The Ringer hosts  

18. BingeMode

One of my favorite things to do is watching something all at once. Lucky for me, The Ringer's editor-in-chief Mallory Rubin and senior creative Jason Concepcion do too. Each season they pick something like Harry Potter, Star Wars, or even Game of Thrones, and watch it all at once. They dig into what happens in each chapter and make me laugh along the way. 

19. Just Shoot It 

Just Shoot It is a podcast on directing, filmmaking, and how to build a career in entertainment. Join hosts Matt Enlow and Oren Kaplan as they interview lots of exciting guests from every walk of life in the industry. 

20. Indie Film Hustle 

This is a show that really gets down to the nitty-gritty of what it takes to succeed in Hollywood. It profiles jobs, people, news, and really make you take notes as they speak. There is no sugar coating it. You get to hear all the hard lessons. 

21. The Call Sheet

Kris Tapley is one of the best interviewers out there. He gets at the heart of the project and always pulls interesting stories and emotions from them. Entering the second season now, the episodes cover directors, writers, composers, producers, and lots of other people within the industry. 

22. Team Deakins 

Want to learn cinematography and filmmaking from Roger Deakins and his wife? Each week they chase a submitted question and go on a quest for the answrr...and who knows where they'll wind up. 

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No love for the Film Riot podcast? By far the best.

July 15, 2020 at 4:17PM, Edited July 15, 4:17PM

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July 15, 2020 at 8:36PM, Edited July 15, 8:36PM

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Stu Mannion
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Being a movie lover, iam a fan of The directors cut.

July 16, 2020 at 3:54AM, Edited July 16, 3:54AM

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Martha Neilson
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This one just interviewed the editor of Hamilton.

https://www.provideocoalition.com/art-of-the-cut-podcast-eps-56-hamilton...

July 16, 2020 at 4:01AM, Edited July 16, 4:01AM

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aaron trinder
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This is a very good list with some really good podcasts. My only gripe is that to my mind The Projection Booth podcast is not only the best film podcast, it’s also one of the best podcasts in general. Unspooled your #1 pick while a very entertaining podcast cannot compare in any way to the rigor,depth, and amount of research put into The Projection Booth. Not even close. One episode will be on one film and can be three hours or more long, with interviews of the actual filmmakers such as the screenwriters, actors, DOP’s as well as researchers, authors of the books the films were based on and more. After listening it’s tough to listen to most other podcast as they seem lazy in comparison.

July 16, 2020 at 3:49PM, Edited July 16, 3:49PM

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Jonathan Fantucchio
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Hey, thank you so much. I can't tell you how much that means to me!

July 20, 2020 at 5:52PM

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Mike White
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What are your favorite podcasts on filmmaking?

July 19, 2020 at 10:20AM, Edited July 19, 10:20AM

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Thank you for having me on the list!!!! #humbled

July 24, 2020 at 3:42PM, Edited July 24, 3:42PM

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