13 Filmmaking and Storytelling Podcasts To Listen To
As a filmmaker and storyteller, you’re likely naturally curious and always looking to learn more about your craft. One great place we’ve found inspiration and knowledge is podcasts—13 specific podcasts to be exact, which we’ve compiled and shared below.
Whether you’re geeking out over gear or discovering the latest crop of filmmakers to take Sundance by storm, these 13 podcasts will keep you entertained and informed.
Radio Film School: What does it mean to be a filmmaker? Do you feel worthy of the title? Host Ron Dawson tackled the topic in a recent episode about “the Salieri Syndrome,” about feeling mediocre as an artist. Provocative and informative, Radio Film School will get you riled up (in a good way!)
The Frame: Hosted by John Horn, who previously wrote about the film business for the Los Angeles Times, “The Frame” covers music, movies, and TV by interviewing some of the most creative talents working today. Recent episodes include an interview with Oscar-nominated “Mad Max” sound designer Mark Mangini and an interview with Nate Parker from Sundance the day after his “Birth of a Nation” sold for a record sum to Fox Searchlight.
She Does: Hosted and created by Story & Heart filmmaker Elaine Sheldon and Sarah Ginsburg, the She Does podcast highlights some of the most creative minds working in media, all of whom are women. Each episode features an intimate conversation with a female creator and delves deep into each woman’s background, creative philosophy and professional accomplishments. Guests have included Academy-award nominated director and writer Debra Granik (“Winter’s Bone”) and Mo Scarpelli and Alexandria Bombach, co-directors of the award-winning documentary “Frame by Frame.”
Song Exploder: Song Exploder is ostensibly about the stories behind songs and how they were made. But on a broader level, it provides rare insight into the creative process. Each episode of the podcast features a songwriter or composer “exploding” a particular song by breaking down its elements. Produced and edited by host Hrishikesh Hirway, Song Exploder has featured musicians such as Bjork and Kelela as well as Dustin O’Halloran, who composed the mesmerizing and award-winning theme song to “Transparent.”
The Treatment: Film critic Elvis Mitchell conducts in-depth interviews with some of the most innovative and influential people working in entertainment, art, and pop culture including directors Jay Roach (“Trumbo”), Adam McKay (“The Big Short”), and Marielle Heller (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”). Steeped deeply in film history, Mitchell is acutely perceptive and doesn’t shy away from asking the tough questions.
The Tim Ferriss Show: It’s billed as a business show, but this hit podcast hosted by best-selling author Tim Ferriss covers an an eclectic array of subjects from a variety of fields including investing, sports, business, art, and film. During each episode Ferriss extracts useful tips and tools for success from his guests, which have included Robert Rodriguez (our personal favorite episode), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Edward Norton, Ed Catmull (President of Pixar), Tony Robbins, and writer/director Jon Favreau.
Go Creative Show: Dedicated to creative professionals in film, video, music, and television, the Go Creative Show is hosted by director and visual storyteller Ben Consoli. Guests come from all areas of the industry, including cinematographers Michael Slovis, Jeff Cronenweth, as well as Alex Buono, cinematographer, director and DP for Saturday Night Live’s Film Unit (we had a great chat with Alex, which you can read here.)
Wandering DP: Do yourself a favor and listen to this podcast and geek out on everything related to cinematography—from how to light on location to what gear you need to get the shot you want. Each week, DP Patrick O’Sullivan conducts a one-on-one interview with one of today’s top DPs and delves into their lighting philosophy, creative inspirations and how they land the jobs they want.
Indie Film Hustle: Hoping to hack the film business? This podcast is a great place to start. This podcast covers all aspects of the film business, from cinematography and editing to DIY filmmaking, screenwriting, film festivals, and distribution. Recent podcasts have been devoted to how to get your film into a festival, how to use social media to market your film, and how to stop obsessing over gear and to make your movie.
Art vs. Commerce: The Art vs. Commerce podcast is a conversation with creative industry professionals who have made a career out of their art. Discussions range from how they balance their personal aesthetic with professional demands to finding creative inspiration. Recent episodes have featured creative talent such as director/editor Agata Alexander, director Eliot Rausch, and Story & Heart filmmaker Ryan Booth.
Filmmakers Drinking Bourbon: We’ve been known to look for Pappy’s while on the road, so it only makes sense that we’d be fans of this podcast. Every week, the podcast’s hosts, filmmakers Alexander Elkins and Brandon Faris, drink a different bourbon with a different filmmaker guest and chat about their recent work, their favorite films and pretty much anything movie or booze-related.
WTF with Marc Maron: If you’re not listening to this hugely successful podcast, start! Stand-up comic and observant human Marc Maron interviews creative folks in a variety of industries, including directors such as Todd Haynes and Charlie Kaufman. It’s one of those rare cases where the show’s host is as entertaining as his guests.
And a bonus 14th podcast to check out:
The Digital Convergence Podcast: Making a living in digital media is no easy feat. Carl Olson, helps make it much easier. We've been big fans of the DCP for some time, even finding ourselves live on the podcast last year with guest co-host, and creator of Radio Film School, Ron Dawson. With 182 episodes already live, you've got a lot of inspiration waiting for you in the DCP.