There is a little maxim that goes “talking about music is like dancing about architecture”. Similarly, one could say that a medium inherently visual such as filmmaking is best discussed in a visual channel, and not in the spoken word, audio-only format of podcasts. Nevertheless, there is a healthy dose of filmmaking podcasts out there, dealing from everything from gear talk, to technique, and the more abstract concepts behind this art form we have chosen to pursue.
Here is a list of a few notable examples of filmmaking podcasts we have found not only entertaining but also very inspiring. I hope you find something that sparks your interest too. To subscribe to each individual podcast on iTunes, simply click on the podcast logos.
The Digital Convergence Podcast
These days, there is undoubtedly a necessity to know in depth aspects of audio, video, photography, podcasting and the web, which has, in a way, turned us into the 21st century equivalents of Renaissance women and men. The in-depth discussions between “Mediapreneur” Carl Olson and a wide spectrum of guests highlights the ever increasing demand of digital content creation in all its forms. With close to 200 episodes, most of them over an hour long, this podcast alone is enough to last you for enough gym or dog-walking sessions for a long time to come. Subscribe here, and be sure to also check out creativemethod.tv for more from Carl, as well as his educational programmes.
Indie Film Hustle Podcast
Just about to turn 1 year old, the Indie Film Hustle Podcast has amassed an enormous following. Alex Ferrari is a veteran of the Hollywood filmmaking industry, with countless credits over a 20 year career as a writer, director, producer and post-production and VFX supervisor. The bi-weekly filmmaking podcasts are usually structured around a quick and short 10-15 minute episode, and a longer 60+ min interview episode. This means that no matter the time of the week, there is some more Indie Film Hustle content around the corner. Alex also curates a collection of the best educational resources found across the web on the Indie Film Hustle website.
Radio Film School
This one is a little different, and if you enjoy podcasts such as This American Life, then you’ll feel right at home with Radio Film School as Ron Dawson explores the journey of what it means to be a filmmaker. Touching on many different issues such as history or culture, he chooses personal experiences as starting points to conversations with different people in the industry, which he delivers as little snippets here and there, always punctuated by great music. Episodes are divided and mixed across several topics and themes — playlists, almost — which I first found a little confusing to keep track of. Best thing to do is just let it play and enjoy the ride. A very relaxing listen.
The Wandering DP Podcast
Patrick O’Sullivan hosts interviews with top working cinematographers and directors of photography, as well as analysing inspiring work found across the web. He also gives us a glimpse into his commercial work in advertisement. Long interviews and sections such as Inspiration Corner and Style Uncovered guarantee an in-depth treatment of topics. Be warned, though: as the episodes often deal with very visual aspects of existing work, it is highly recommended to take the time to watch the videos discussed in order to follow along.
cinema5D On the Couch
Last but not least, our very own cinema5D On the Couch filmmaking podcast! Throughout the past years we have aimed to bring you interviews with top industry professionals, from manufacturers to directors, in the relaxed atmosphere of the cinema5D couch. Join Nino and the cinema5D editorial team in both the audio and video version of On the Couch.
Are you a “podcast” kind of person? Are there any other filmmaking podcasts you would add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!