10 Best Filmmaking Podcasts of 2020
While everyone in Hollywood seems to be starting a podcast, there are quite a few hidden gems in the filmmaking realm. If you’re looking to be more mindful of the podcasts you listen to, here are some of the best filmmaking podcasts in no particular order.
1. Life With Caca
As the podcast name suggests…stuff happens. With her decade-plus experience as a film producer, host Carolina “Caca” Groppa definitely knows.
For over a year, Caca has gone in deep with guests to get insights into all the different roles a producer can play and the less glamorous realities producers face every day.
“We are not breaking down tax credits, but it’s more about the messy parts of life,” says Caca.
“Yes there are many filmmaking podcasts out in the market, but not many talk about producers or producers from all walks of life. Each person I talk to has such a journey.”
Catch episodes including Eva Longoria sharing how she makes every effort to diversify normally male-dominant crews. And the two-part episodes with producer Barbara Muschietti, producer for films including It and Mama.
2. Catch A Break
Each season host Julie Harris Walker and a panel of other entertainment industry experts explore specific themes around navigating a career in Hollywood.
Season one revolves around networking and getting your first job in Hollywood; while season two explores developing and funding an independent film.
3. Off Camera
“The more we talked about it (starting a podcast), if I was going to do it, I might as well film it. Then I thought I should go and photograph the person,” said host Sam Jones in an interview with on the Rich Roll podcast. “All of a sudden it became this experiment… could you have someone in and have a conversation with them and turn it into a podcast, magazine, and television show?”
Inspired partially by his love of NPR and listening to radio shows as a child, host, photographer, musician, and director Sam Jones has turned his show into a multimedia powerhouse since launching in 2004. Watch, listen, or even read the magazine version of his show as he sits down and chats with everyone from Ron Howard to Robert Downey Jr.
“For most talk shows, they see as an entertainer, star, or celebrity. We tend to see the people that come on ‘Off Camera’ as artists and craftsmen. We want to know how they do their craft, how they got there, and what makes them keep going to work,” said Sam.
4. Indie Film Hustle
Having worked on over 1,000 projects, Alex’s filmmaking podcast brings a realistic perspective to getting a movie created and produced. With unions and insurance companies trying to figure out how to get back into production, many 2020 episodes tackle challenges like releasing and producing during COVID-19.
For more information on navigating projects during the pandemic, check out our COVID-19 Filmmaking Resource Guide.
5. The Wandering DP
Wandering … er wondering what filmmaking podcasts dig into the details on specific cameras and shooting techniques? If you’re looking to become a better cinematographer, Wandering DP provides technical knowledge on lighting and composition from some of the world’s best behind the lens.
In recent episodes host and cinematographer Patrick O’Sullivan is testing different formats so you can take away more including image and lighting diagrams for a shoot he shares in an accompanying PDF with the episode.
Sign up on Patreon and watch special breakdown episodes of the coverage, lighting, and blocking for scenes in shows like Ozark and Mindhunter.
6. The Business
The Hollywood Reporter’s Kim Masters shoots the breeze around the latest entertainment industry news alongside conversations with A-list stars, directors, producers, and writers. A former correspondent for NPR, Kim has also served as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, TIME, and Esquire, and was a staff reporter for The Washington Post.
If you’re looking for shorter podcasts, each episode runs twenty to thirty minutes so you can do the dishes and stay up to date on the industry. 2020 episode highlights include “The Last Dance” director Jason Hehir sharing his time sitting down with Michael Jordan for hours to get the docuseries out earlier due to the pandemic.
7. The A24 Podcast
Here’s a different kind of uncut gem.
True to their form-bending films like The Lighthouse and Midsommar, A24’s ad-free podcast captures boundless conversations between filmmakers. Launched in 2018, the podcast explores the inspiration for directors and some of the largest films with guests including Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson.
Hosts John August and Craig Mazin discuss all things related to scripts like beatsheets and how to properly credit support staff. Explore a deep archive of episodes based on specific topics like copyright or projects they’ve written including Big Fish, the Chernobyl mini-series, and the live adaptation of Aladdin.
“They give really great insights into screenwriting from all angles for anyone wanting to break down their creative process that level. John and Craig have been doing it for so long and they really have dialed it in so you really know what you are getting into when you listen,” says Caca, the host of Life with CaCa.
9. Film Riot
Looking to finetune action scenes, animations, or other parts of your next film? Here is your podcast soulmate.
In his filmmaking podcast, host Ryan Connolly explores all the aspects of a film interviewing VFX artists, stunt coordinators, directors, and other seasoned crew personnel. Ryan has with his guest comes from his desire to learn and improve his own films, so you can expect actionable tips you can tie into your own process and artistry.
10. Indiewire: Screen Talk
Each weekly episode features IndieWire chief film critic Eric Kohn chatting with Thompsonon Hollywood’s Anne Thompson about the indie film world whether it’s the impact of current events on the industry or upcoming film festivals.
If you’re looking for something to listen to between projects that makes you feel less guilty than rewatching The Office and other background noise, the filmmaking podcasts listed here can help you advance your craft.
Follow through on the inspiration any podcast session provides and streamline specific processes by reading our article reviewing the best filmmaking software and tools.