Podcasts for Post Production Pros
Latest update: May 2020
I am a little late to the podcast game, but there are a fair few that I’ve fallen in love with.
Some of these are about post production and filmmaking, some of them are focused on entrepreneurship and creativity. Either way, they’re all worth a listen.
If you’re after some decent headphones for listening to these shows on the move or in the edit suite I’d recommend anything from these posts:
- The Best Headphones for Film Editors
- The Best In-Ear Monitors for Film Editors
- The Best Studio Monitors for Film Editors
In this first section I’ll point to a few post-production related podcasts I like to listen to when I can, although I actually spend most of my time listening the podcasts in the next section!
If you’re after even more podcasts from the world of filmmaking check out this new list from the folks at StudioBinder.
May 2020 Update – Scroll to the bottom of this post for some unmissable additional podcasts including those from Roger and James Deakins, Peter Bogdanovich and more!
AOTG The Cutting Room
The Cutting Room podcast from Gordon Burkell’s excellent AOTG.com is a treasure trove of insightful interviews with editors and filmmakers.
There are (currently) 116 different interviews on the Cutting Room Sound Cloud page, which is probably the fastest way to scroll through all of the interviews.
Here are a few highlights to get you started:
- Christopher Tellefsen: Capote & Moneyball
- Julian Clarke: Deadpool
- Stephen Mirrione: The Revenant
- Joe Walker: Sicario
- Eddie Hamilton: Mission:Impossible – Rogue Nation
The Colorist Podcast
The Colorist Podcast is one of the best free resources I know of that gives you direct access to the thoughts and opinions of professional colorists working today.
The podcast covers a range of topics from personal career trajectories to technical nuances to creative tips and tricks. If you’re interested in becoming a professional colorist this is a must listen!
Here is the latest episode with Light Iron founder and colorist Ian Vertovec.
- Coloring David Fincher films and working with extremely dark images
- The challenges of working on VFX heavy projects
- Making HDR look both cinematic and realistic
- Advantages of working with high-end systems like Quantel Pablo
Fitness in Post podcast
After 117 episodes film and TV editor Zach Arnold’s Fitness in Post podcast has now been superseded by his new Optimize Yourself.me site and podcast.
The original Fitness in Post show chronicled Zach’s passion for helping post production professionals prevent physical and creative burnout and live all round healthier lives.
His post on why ‘sitting is killing you, and standing isn’t the answer‘, is an essential read.
The FIP podcast is also another treasure trove of interviews, with some fascinating post production professionals, on a wide range of topics:
- Episode 113 – The Art of the Cut with Steve Hullfish
- Episode 105: Jeffrey Ford’s Secret Weapon To Editing (and Surviving) Marvel Films
- Episode 100: The Current State of Mental Health in Post
- Episode 90: Creating a Kick-Ass Demo Reel
- Episode 40: Editing Hollywood Blockbusters with Alan Bell ACE
The new Optimize Yourself show takes this idea to another level and broaden’s it’s listen base to a wider context.
Listening to both will be a transformative use of your time! Do it.
Richard Taylor’s FCP Radio is now moving past the 50 show mark and also has hit over 1 million downloads (split with another podcast he produces) and continuing to deliver entertaining and insightful conversations with some of the most vocal FCPX professionals working today.
In episode 54 a gang of FCPX editors and trainers get together to discuss the latest release of FCPX 10.4. Richard is joined by Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from RippleTraining.com along with Patrick Southern from Lumaforge and FCPX editors Bill Davis, Gabriel Spaulding and Felipe Baez.
Richard’s other main FCPX site is fcpx.tv
More Recommended Podcasts from an Editor
Although I love working in and writing about post production, I also love listening to, reading about and being curious around interesting ideas, technology and people from outside of post. Yes, it’s really true.
This short list of podcasts are some of my all-time favourite never-miss-an-episode-listen-to-some-of-them-several-times podcasts.
Listen to them all – you’re in for a treat!
NPR’s – How I built This with Guy Raz
This is currently my favourite podcast, which comes out pretty much weekly, telling the personal stories of the founders behind some of the biggest brands on the planet.
I would highly recommend checking out these episodes in particular. These are direct download links.
- Spanx: Sara Blakely
- Power Rangers: Haim Saban
- 5-Hour Energy: Manoj Bhargava
- 1-800-GOT-JUNK?: Brian Scudamore
- Five Guys: Jerry Murrell
- Dell Computers: Michael Dell
- Live Episode! Black Entertainment Television: Robert Johnson
- Ben & Jerry’s: Ben Cohen And Jerry Greenfield
- Stonyfield Yogurt: Gary Hirshberg
- Southwest Airlines: Herb Kelleher
- Airbnb: Joe Gebbia
I’ll just stop there… there are just too many great episodes!
Launch – John August
This new podcast reveals how screenwriter John August came to write his first novel, a children’s book called Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire, and the journey of publishing a book, as told from the inside.
It’s a really well structured, produced and delivered podcast, revealing ‘how the sausages are made’ in the publishing industry.
It’s also well worth checking out John’s long running podcast Scriptnotes (336 episodes and counting!)
Start Up (seasons 1 & 2)
The first two seasons of Start Up are incredible. They’re the model on what much of Gimlet media’s podcasts (and many other shows) are based.
Start Up season 1 takes you inside the journey of Gimlet Media founder Alex Blumberg to create Gimlet Media from scratch. I binge listened to the whole thing in a couple of days.
Season 2 continues the journey of the company with some interesting insights and challenges as they grow.
After that the seasons mostly track with other businesses for a season, or just a show, and are well worth a subscription.
Another great show from Gimlet Media, The Pitch is essentially a podcast version of ‘Dragon’s Den’ or shows like that.
Although the investors almost never invest, somehow that doesn’t detract from the show being an enjoyable listen.
The host, Josh Muccio, does a great job of telling the stories, crafting the drama and playing referee.
Plus I’ve discovered some really interesting start ups listening to the show.
Masters of Scale
Reid Hoffman is the founder of LinkedIn and, after selling it for $26 billion dollars, now seemingly for fun runs the Masters of Scale podcast.
This features some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley sharing tips and insights on business life, especially when it comes to scaling your company to it’s biggest possible size.
Guests include the co-founder of Slack and Flikr, Mark Zuckerberg, Ceo of PayPal Peter Thiel, Reed Hastings founder of Netflix, Eric Schmidt Chairman of Alphabet (Google’s new parent company) and many more…
Possibly the best serialised podcast of all time. S Town is an incredible display of storytelling, investigative reporting and a compelling personal journey.
I can’t recommend it more highly. Not one to listen with kids around though.
More Podcasts for Film Editors and Post Production Pros
So these are my favourites, hit the comments and tell me what I’m missing out on!
Update – May 2020
- Art of The Cut Podcast – Steve Hullfish’s indispensable interview series hits the sound waves.
- The Rough Cut Podcast – Matt Feury long-running conversations with the world’s best editors
- Team Deakins – Legendary cinematographer Roger and his collaborator wife, James Deakins discuss their craft in response to listener questions.
- Technicolor Podcast – Focusing on VFX, colour grading and sound mixing.
- Show Don’t Tell – Filmmaker Noam Kroll’s wide ranging and in-depth podcast on all aspects of independent filmmaking
- Everything by Pushkin Industries – Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History, Michael Lewis’s Against The Rules, Tim Harford’s Cautionary Tales.
- The Plot Thickens – From Turner Classic Movies, season 1 of their documentary podcast focuses on director Peter Bogdanovich.
A few more crowd-sourced suggestions: