15 Must-Hear Filmmaking Podcasts in 2021

Evelyn Trainor-Fogleman

8 min read time

If you’re a filmmaker or just a film buff looking for more info on your favorite reels, there are some fantastic podcasts being produced that you need to check out. 


These podcasts range from educational content about how to improve your filmmaking craft, to fun and insightful takes on the latest developments in the business of film. 


No matter what your taste, we’ve rounded up our picks for the 15 best filmmaking podcasts of 2021 that you need to add to your subscription list. 


Unspooled


Hosted by actor and comedian Paul Scheer and film critic Amy Nicholson, this podcast is on a mission to make “the ultimate list of the greatest movies of all time,” and plans to literally blast that final list into space (somehow) when it’s completed. 


Sprinkled with tons of comedy and lots of deep dives into more obscure niches to understand what makes a great film, this is a fun listen from beginning to end. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 3,301
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream


Filmspotting


Taking on the classic “Top 5” format, this weekly-released podcast has been serving up film analysis since 2005, covering nearly every genre and topic you can think of, and with no intentions of stopping anytime soon. 


You’ll find this podcast on most film nerds' regular rotation and for good reason. Whether you’re looking to expand your film knowledge or just want a fun, lighthearted film discussion, you’ll want to check out Filmspotting. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 3,632
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream


Scriptnotes


Current and aspiring screenwriters won’t want to miss out on the Scriptnotes podcast. Hosts and screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin not only host insightful discussions about screenwriting and what makes a great script, but also talk about the film and television industry at large and developing issues that face screenwriters, such as work-for-hire contracts and unions. 


A great blend of insider knowledge and technical discussion for anyone passionate about the words behind the images. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 2,046
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


You Must Remember This


If you’re in love with the golden age of Hollywood, You Must Remember This is a true treat. This storytelling podcast recounts the history of the first 100 years of Hollywood as we know it through heavily researched anecdotes. 


The quality, level of research, and storytelling is nearly unmatched, and gives a glimpse into the stories that made “Tinseltown” what it is today. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 10,459
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream


Off Camera


Photographer and director Sam Jones created this podcast as a way to do deep-dive interviews with other creatives in both Hollywood and beyond. 


It’s creative people picking the brains of creative people, giving insight into their process, daily lives, and really anything that helps us understand better what makes them tick. If you enjoy conversational interviews, this is a great one to check out. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 1,416
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


Blockbuster


This podcast was released as a miniseries, so there are no new episodes currently airing. However, it made the list because the archive is still more than worth checking out. 


Season one dissects the blockbuster filmmakers of the 1970’s, specifically George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Season 2 is all about James Cameron and his process and style that made him “the” blockbuster director of the new millennium. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 2,031
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


Indie Film Hustle


This one is for all the independent filmmakers out there looking for new ways to unlock their creativity and make it in the chaotic world of independent film. 


Featuring interviews from dozens of successful people from the indie film world, this podcast is jam-packed with industry insight and tips and tricks to “making it” in the business. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 247
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


No Film School


Produced by the same creative minds behind the wildly popular No Film School blog and YouTube channel, this podcast is another amazing resource for filmmakers looking to DIY their way to creating great content, with no film degree required. 


From technical tips to interviews with seasoned pros, you’ll find a little bit of everything here. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 343
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream

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The Business


Hosted by award-winning entertainment journalist Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter, this interview format podcast contains tons of “shop talk” from some of the biggest names in the industry both behind and in-front of the camera. 


Heavily focused on the business side of entertainment and what new developments are forming for people working in “the business,” this is a great podcast for anyone looking to get more information on the inner workings of Hollywood. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 508
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream


The Black List


Franklin Leonard and Kate Hagan conduct in-depth discussions about great black filmmakers and the nature of black storytelling in Hollywood in this fantastic and introspective podcast hosted on Luminary. 


From Spike Lee to Roxane Gay, this podcast seeks to cast a spotlight on both well-known and up-and-coming black creators in Hollywood and the stories they tell. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: N/A
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): N/A
  • Link to Stream


The A24 Podcast


Hosted by the legendary A24 production team that has been responsible for some of the most winning films in our recent memory, this is a great uncensored podcast for true film buffs. 


There’s no central host, instead each episode allows a new creative to come on and talk about a subject they’re most passionate about. Definitely a must-listen. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 913
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


Film Riot


If you like “shop talk,” this is the podcast for you. People from nearly every position in the industry appear as guests on this show; stunt coordinators, assistant directors, visual effects and many more will make appearances and talk about their personal experiences in the film business. 


Topics range from how to make it in Hollywood to examinations of popular films, so there’s something here for everyone. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 291
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


Indiewire: Screen Talk


Hosted by Indiewire’s chief film critic Eric Kohn talks all things film, with special series surrounding awards season and the streaming wars. 


There is great analysis here about the state of Hollywood and what’s changing in the industry that filmmakers and fans alike should be aware of. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 240
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 3.5
  • Link to Stream


The Directors Cut


This podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of America and focuses on directors interviewing directors. 


This is a must-listen for anyone looking to direct, as it shows the good, the bad, and the ugly of making it as a director in Hollywood, whether it’s your first film or your fortieth. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 533
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream


No-Budget Filmmaking


This is another one for the guerilla filmmakers out there. Hosts Alex Darke and Trevor L. Nelson dish out endless tips on how to stretch your dollars to make great-looking projects with little to no cash. 


From gear tips to budgeting strategies, you’ll find it all here, packed into one energetic episode after another. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 33
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream



So whether you’re a DIY filmmaker or an industry pro, there’s something for everyone in the world of filmmaking podcasts. This list only scratches the surface so we encourage you to go out and deepen your filmmaking knowledge through these and other great filmmaking podcasts. 


If you’re struggling to work closely with your filmmaking team and clients in the world of remote work, check out Evercast. Evercast allows you to stream your edit sessions in HD while video chatting and exchanging notes with your team, all under one platform. It works with any popular filmmaking software, and will allow your team to work together seamlessly through every step of the creative process.

15 Must-Hear Filmmaking Podcasts in 2021

Evelyn Trainor-Fogleman

6/15/21

If you’re a filmmaker or just a film buff looking for more info on your favorite reels, there are some fantastic podcasts being produced that you need to check out. 


These podcasts range from educational content about how to improve your filmmaking craft, to fun and insightful takes on the latest developments in the business of film. 


No matter what your taste, we’ve rounded up our picks for the 15 best filmmaking podcasts of 2021 that you need to add to your subscription list. 


Unspooled


Hosted by actor and comedian Paul Scheer and film critic Amy Nicholson, this podcast is on a mission to make “the ultimate list of the greatest movies of all time,” and plans to literally blast that final list into space (somehow) when it’s completed. 


Sprinkled with tons of comedy and lots of deep dives into more obscure niches to understand what makes a great film, this is a fun listen from beginning to end. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 3,301
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream


Filmspotting


Taking on the classic “Top 5” format, this weekly-released podcast has been serving up film analysis since 2005, covering nearly every genre and topic you can think of, and with no intentions of stopping anytime soon. 


You’ll find this podcast on most film nerds' regular rotation and for good reason. Whether you’re looking to expand your film knowledge or just want a fun, lighthearted film discussion, you’ll want to check out Filmspotting. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 3,632
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream


Scriptnotes


Current and aspiring screenwriters won’t want to miss out on the Scriptnotes podcast. Hosts and screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin not only host insightful discussions about screenwriting and what makes a great script, but also talk about the film and television industry at large and developing issues that face screenwriters, such as work-for-hire contracts and unions. 


A great blend of insider knowledge and technical discussion for anyone passionate about the words behind the images. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 2,046
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


You Must Remember This


If you’re in love with the golden age of Hollywood, You Must Remember This is a true treat. This storytelling podcast recounts the history of the first 100 years of Hollywood as we know it through heavily researched anecdotes. 


The quality, level of research, and storytelling is nearly unmatched, and gives a glimpse into the stories that made “Tinseltown” what it is today. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 10,459
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream


Off Camera


Photographer and director Sam Jones created this podcast as a way to do deep-dive interviews with other creatives in both Hollywood and beyond. 


It’s creative people picking the brains of creative people, giving insight into their process, daily lives, and really anything that helps us understand better what makes them tick. If you enjoy conversational interviews, this is a great one to check out. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 1,416
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


Blockbuster


This podcast was released as a miniseries, so there are no new episodes currently airing. However, it made the list because the archive is still more than worth checking out. 


Season one dissects the blockbuster filmmakers of the 1970’s, specifically George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Season 2 is all about James Cameron and his process and style that made him “the” blockbuster director of the new millennium. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 2,031
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


Indie Film Hustle


This one is for all the independent filmmakers out there looking for new ways to unlock their creativity and make it in the chaotic world of independent film. 


Featuring interviews from dozens of successful people from the indie film world, this podcast is jam-packed with industry insight and tips and tricks to “making it” in the business. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 247
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


No Film School


Produced by the same creative minds behind the wildly popular No Film School blog and YouTube channel, this podcast is another amazing resource for filmmakers looking to DIY their way to creating great content, with no film degree required. 


From technical tips to interviews with seasoned pros, you’ll find a little bit of everything here. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 343
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream

The Business


Hosted by award-winning entertainment journalist Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter, this interview format podcast contains tons of “shop talk” from some of the biggest names in the industry both behind and in-front of the camera. 


Heavily focused on the business side of entertainment and what new developments are forming for people working in “the business,” this is a great podcast for anyone looking to get more information on the inner workings of Hollywood. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 508
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream


The Black List


Franklin Leonard and Kate Hagan conduct in-depth discussions about great black filmmakers and the nature of black storytelling in Hollywood in this fantastic and introspective podcast hosted on Luminary. 


From Spike Lee to Roxane Gay, this podcast seeks to cast a spotlight on both well-known and up-and-coming black creators in Hollywood and the stories they tell. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: N/A
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): N/A
  • Link to Stream


The A24 Podcast


Hosted by the legendary A24 production team that has been responsible for some of the most winning films in our recent memory, this is a great uncensored podcast for true film buffs. 


There’s no central host, instead each episode allows a new creative to come on and talk about a subject they’re most passionate about. Definitely a must-listen. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 913
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


Film Riot


If you like “shop talk,” this is the podcast for you. People from nearly every position in the industry appear as guests on this show; stunt coordinators, assistant directors, visual effects and many more will make appearances and talk about their personal experiences in the film business. 


Topics range from how to make it in Hollywood to examinations of popular films, so there’s something here for everyone. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 291
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


Indiewire: Screen Talk


Hosted by Indiewire’s chief film critic Eric Kohn talks all things film, with special series surrounding awards season and the streaming wars. 


There is great analysis here about the state of Hollywood and what’s changing in the industry that filmmakers and fans alike should be aware of. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 240
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 3.5
  • Link to Stream


The Directors Cut


This podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of America and focuses on directors interviewing directors. 


This is a must-listen for anyone looking to direct, as it shows the good, the bad, and the ugly of making it as a director in Hollywood, whether it’s your first film or your fortieth. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 533
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream


No-Budget Filmmaking


This is another one for the guerilla filmmakers out there. Hosts Alex Darke and Trevor L. Nelson dish out endless tips on how to stretch your dollars to make great-looking projects with little to no cash. 


From gear tips to budgeting strategies, you’ll find it all here, packed into one energetic episode after another. 


  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 33
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream



So whether you’re a DIY filmmaker or an industry pro, there’s something for everyone in the world of filmmaking podcasts. This list only scratches the surface so we encourage you to go out and deepen your filmmaking knowledge through these and other great filmmaking podcasts. 


If you’re struggling to work closely with your filmmaking team and clients in the world of remote work, check out Evercast. Evercast allows you to stream your edit sessions in HD while video chatting and exchanging notes with your team, all under one platform. It works with any popular filmmaking software, and will allow your team to work together seamlessly through every step of the creative process.

Evelyn Trainor-Fogleman

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Evelyn Trainor-Fogleman is a writer based in New York City. After over half a decade in the film industry, she came back to her Journalism roots to write for a variety of media outlets about subjects including technology, business, marketing, and social and environmental justice.

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