As film production professionals, we have long hours. We have incessant shoots, meetings, screenings, etc. We have exhausting days and never-ending nights. Staying in tune with our industry is key. Beyond that, striving to improve our craft is a constant journey. How can we stay up-to-date on the happenings in our industry while combating the restraints of time? Podcasts.
These 10 noteworthy podcasts to listen to and use as an asset in your career.
Hosted by veteran Sound Recordist Michael Helms, this podcast highlights experiences from industry professionals on recording sound on-location for various productions from film to TV to commercials. You could be a seasoned vet or a fresh-faced film grad and still learn a thing or two from this podcast. Check out this episode with ProductionHUB's very own Production Manager, Jennelle Jordan.
The Atlanta Film Chat covers everything under the sun from filmmaking to writing to producing. The hosts of the podcast invite industry professionals onto the air to share their insights and learning lessons. For example, the most recent episode discusses the opioid crisis and how it inspired a story as well as night shooting. The topics don't just concern Atlanta filmmakers — many episodes are relevant for production pros all over.
The No Film School Podcast is hosted by the community from nofilmschool.com, which prides itself on serving as a resource for filmmakers without any formal education required. Each episode features a different interview of a filmmaker or industry professional covering various topics from film festivals to weekly news updates. Listeners can stay updated on current film industry events with the “Indie Film Weekly” podcast bit.
This podcast was started by a seasoned film professional, Alex Ferrari. Alex has been in the business for years at this point with his name on films screened in 600+ film festivals across the globe. The purpose of this podcast is to show a truthful, brutally honest representation of the film industry. For example, the most recent episode featured Todd Jenkins discussing the struggles accompanying independent filmmaking.
Filmspotting is a podcast hosted by industry professionals Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen critiquing and analyzing films both new and old One of the most recent episodes reviews one of the most controversial films of the year, Joker.
This weekly podcast features Indiewire’s Chief Film Critic, Eric Kohn, and his take on happenings within the indie film industry, ranging from new releases to recent film festivals.
This podcast is great for those already in a DP role or aspiring to be. Each week, the hosts sit down to discuss the experience of top-notch cinematographers both on and off set. Some of the topics covered include lighting in difficult settings, the schedule of a DP and VFX.
Ever wondered how your favorite directors got into the business? Matt Enlow and Oren Kaplan created a podcast just for you. The Just Shoot It podcast interviews directors and storytellers at varying stages in their careers to learn about their experience in the industry, including any major projects they’ve worked on or how they climbed the filmmaking ladder.
Indie filmmaker Timothy Patrick decided to share his breadth of knowledge with listeners to discuss everything about indie filmmakers and filmmaking in this insightful podcast.
Dave Bullis interviews a different guest each week from indie filmmakers to Academy Award Winners to discuss their experiences.
Where do I find these podcasts?
Most of these podcasts can be found through various streaming services or from each podcast’s site directly. You can visit the links provided to find the platform that works best for you. There are far more podcasts than just those listed, but if you’re looking for somewhere to start, any of these resources would be worth your time and complement your busy career and lifestyle.