Listening to podcasts on iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify & some more famous apps has been increasing over the last couple of years. Statistics show that over 50% of homes in the US are podcast fans. And 24% of people in the US listen to podcasts weekly. Add to it the rest of the people in the world. That’ll really be a massive number.
Podcasts related to screenwriting & filmmaking are also on the rise. The reason why people are opting for these podcasts is:
- You get to learn new tips each day
- They can be a replacement for screenwriting books, if you don’t have much time to read
- Imagination increases, which helps you think about your story or a scene. You can easily jot down a note while you are in the bus (plus don’t have to worry about your book flying out the window if drive halts suddenly)
To make it easy for you to find them, I have made a list of 15 Screenwriting podcasts that are absolutely worth listening to. Here is the list below:
- On the Page with Pilar Alessandra
- Scriptnotes with John August
- Write On
- Indie Film Hustle
- 3rd & Fairfax by The WGAW
- No Film School Podcast
- The Movie Crypt
- Indiewire Screentalk
- Beyond The Screenplay
- The Moment with Brian Koppelman
- The Cinematography Podcast
- Draft Zero
- Happier in Hollywood
- Just Shoot It
1. On the Page with Pilar Alessandra
Pilar Alessandra is a very famous podcaster, story analyst & a teacher. She’s worked for Dreamworks, Radar Pictures, trained writers at ABC, Disney, MTV. She’s also taught at UCLA and LA Film School. Her guests on the show include successful writers, producers & directors. She covers everything related to screenwriting. You’ll be missing a lot of wonderful tips on selling screenplays too if you are not listening to this one.
You can get the previous episodes on her Website.
2. Scriptnotes by John August
Screenwriters John August started this podcast along with Craig Mazin in 2011. John goes in-depth and explains the art of writing screenplays with tips on pitching and even finding an agent. He shares his experience in the industry very frankly. Another podcast you should definitely be following.
3. Write On by Final Draft
This podcast is by the people behind the screenwriting software Final Draft. There can be no better connections in the screenwriting industry that Final Draft. This podcast includes interviews with writers, agents, managers, filmmakers who answer everyday questions like “How did they get a break in the industry?”, “What is their every day like?”. It is entertaining and educational at the same time. Have fun listening to this one.
4. Indie Film Hustle
It was started by independent filmmaker Alex Ferrari, who has worked on more than 1000 feature films, shorts, commercials, music videos, network promos, documentaries & webisodes. His podcast includes interviews with independent filmmakers who share their struggles, failures, success tips, marketing tactics along with screenwriting of course. Alex has made over $90,000 selling his short film Broken. So, all you indie film buffs out there this one’s for you on how to stay put in the industry.
5. The 3rd & Fairfax Podcast by The WGAW
Who hasn’t heard of the Writer’s Guild of America West(WGAW)?. But have you heard of their own podcast? If not yet, then do subscribe to this one as they are constantly bringing writers, producers for Netflix & Amazon, musicians and many creative people within Hollywood.
- The podcast is on: iTunes, PlayerFM, Stitcher, Podbean, Libsyn & Website
- Schedule: Around 4 episodes/month
6. No Film School Podcast
No Film School was started by Ryan Koo as a blog. This website has now over .5 million visitors per month. That reason is, they offer the best advice of making films without going to any film school. The podcast continues to be popular among indie filmmakers from around the world. They interview filmmakers, writers, actors who have won awards at festivals like Sundance. Their podcast is for not just people who want to learn this art but for everyone who loves films.
Adam Kempenaar co-hosts the show along with John Larsen. Both have enormous experience as film critics. Filmspotting is not only about making films but these films are analyzed deeply by the two and the guests are from various crafts in Hollywood. This is for all kinds of movie lovers out there.
8. The Movie Crypt
Adam Green(Frozen) & Joe Lynch host this show. This is hilarious, entertaining, educational & heartbreakingly real as they share their own struggle. Academy award winners as well as amateur writers and filmmakers are invited as guests to let their heart out on this show.
9. Indiewire Screentalk
Indiewire is an online publication about news related to the movie industry. It was started in 1996 and is regarded as one of the most trusted sources in this business. And that is why it’s podcast is also equally entertaining. It was created for independent filmmakers and movies lovers all around the world.
- The podcast is on: iTunes, PlayerFM, Stitcher, Podbean & Soundcloud.
- Schedule: Around 4 episodes/month
10. Beyond The Screenplay/Lessons From The Screenplay
This podcast also known as Lessons From The Screenplay was started by Michael Tucker and his team. This is a relatively unknown podcast but dives deeper into the making of film and the guests are from different fields in Hollywood.
11. The Moment with Brian Koppelman
Brian Koppelman is the writer of Ocean’s Thirteen & producer of the Edward Norton starrer The Illusionist. The guests on his podcast are not only writers but also include famous authors. He asks questions on life in Hollywood, philosophy many topics apart from filmmaking also. Very entertaining and helpful.
12. The Cinematography Podcast
Hosted by Ben Rock & Illya Friedman, this podcast is about the craft of cinematography but not limited to it. From Academy Award nominated filmmakers to story boarders, this program dives inside the kind of cinematography and photography required in films. Very interesting to learn even for people with just some curiosity about the filmmaking world.
13. Draft Zero
Draft Zero is a website dedicated to teaching screenwriting online. Two emerging Screenwriters Chas Fisher & Stuart Willis created this site along with a podcast. On the show they analyze what exactly goes inside the writing process, what it takes to be a successful screenwriter in Hollywood. All the budding screenwriters and indie filmmakers this podcast is worth subscribing
14. Happier in Hollywood
In this podcast former TV writers Liz Craft and Sarah Fain talk about their career and experience in the industry. They provide fabulous tips to upcoming writers and also invite renowned guests from Hollywood. Questions like how to manage personal life and professional while writing for big studios.
15. Just Shoot It
This is a podcast focused on directing. Started by Matt Enlow & Oren Kaplan it features how directors and producers decide on the casting of actors. But not just that it also brings in award winning independent filmmakers and Hollywood directors, screenwriters, cinematographers on their show for exclusive insights into the world of filmmaking. Be sure to tune in to this one.
Now that you know where you can get best advice on how to develop your story, start listening to some of these great people. You never know how you can get ideas for that particular scene you might be stuck on.