Books on screenwriting can be amazingly useful, but they have an obvious disadvantage: you have to read them. Although reading is great, you can’t do it all the time. As it turns out, the worst times for reading are often the best times for listening to podcasts. For example: while driving! Or while watching the clock at your mind-numbing day job!
Listed in no particular order, here are some of the best podcasts for screenwriters, filmmakers, and storytellers:
On the Page Podcast with Pilar Alessandra: A seasoned script consultant and educator, Pilar Alessandra holds a wealth of knowledge about the craft of screenwriting. On her podcast, she interviews screenwriters, executives, and producers. Free on iTunes. Highly recommended!
Scriptnotes with John August and Craig Mazin: One of the best-known podcasts on screenwriting, Scriptnotes features lively interviews that don’t shy away from telling “hard truths” that all up-and-coming screenwriters must face.
Selling Your Screenplay Podcast: Hosted by screenwriter and blogger Ashley Scott Meyers, this podcast focuses on providing insights on marketing scripts to producers. One of the most personable podcast hosts on the Internet, Ashley leads informative interviews of both established and steadily-climbing filmmakers and screenwriters.
Writers' Bloc with J.R. Havlan: An entertaining and smart podcast, Writers' Bloc features some of the most amusing side-banter while offering highly informative content. The focus is generally on comedy writing.
The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith: Charismatic journalist and cinephile Jeff Goldsmith hosts interviews with a wide range of professionals in the film industry.
Indie Film Academy Podcast: Just so you don’t forget that writing screenplays is really about making movies, check out the Indie Film Academy Podcast, which features content that covers all aspects of the filmmaking process.