Isn’t it great when you wake up in the morning and have a couple new episodes of your favorite podcast waiting for you in iTunes? Well here are 20 more that you can enjoy during those painful roto sessions or rendering times! Topher has rounded up an array of production and visual effects based podcasts to educate, as well as spark some inspiration!
20 Inspirational Podcasts
The VFX Show
The VFX Show is hosted by FXPHD and reknowned VFX supervisor, Mike Seymour. Joining him are industry professionals from around the globe to discuss visual effects featured in current movies and episodic television.
Creative Cow AE
The Creative Cow is one of most popular locations for professionals from around the globe to seek out information on all kinds of different aspects of production. The After Effects podcast is hosted by Eran Stern and Carl Larsen.
Creative Cow Photoshop for Video
Photoshop might be one of the most important tools that you know along with After Effects. Richard Harrington hosts this podcast to teach you techniques for using Photoshop to help with certain aspects and tasks you might need to perform in your production pipeline.
Creative Cow Extras
Even though the Creative Cow Extras podcast doesn’t get updated as much as we would like, it is a good one to keep subscribed to in the hopes that something cool gets added to it eventually. It is filled with tips on a bunch of dfferent applications as well as features from events like NAB.
FXGuide is another leading visual effects site wth reviews and reports on the vfx created for current moves, television and commercials. Their video podcast FXGuide TV is hosted by Angie Richards, and features interviews with professionals in the industry, on location at events and even tutorials and workflow walkthroughs.
The FXPodcast, another podcast from FXGuide, although only an audio podcast, discusses visual effects with the professionals that create them as well as stories from the set and the post houses where the magic is made.
Plugged In at Toolfarm
Toolfarm’s audio podcast is (or was) hosted by Michele Yamazaki and Philip Hodgetts, and featured interviews from the floor of NAB as well as discussion on plugins and industry news.
The newest endeavor by Toolfarm is the Toolfarm :60, which is a one minute long podcast packing in informatoin on some of the most popular plugins in the industry. Giving you the rundown on products like Coremelt, Wacom, and Sorenson, its a good little podcast to keep in your bookmarks.
The podcast from Ghostlight is very cool, and unique in itself. Ghostlight is a production company that works in all aspects of visual effects, and their podcast gives you some walkthroughs and vfx breakdowns of how they created some of their shots.
Olivier Archer hosts the CGcast, and it is a mix of a radio show basically completely focused on every aspect of the CG world. Movies, games, tv, art, 3d, 2d are just a few of the topics that get discussed here.
The Effects Corner is another audio podcast, this time from Visual Effects Supervisor and Director Scott Squires. Discussing aspects of the VFX supervisor’s job, to discussions about new movies and current events in the industry, this is another one of the must-bookmarks on the list.
That Post Show
Lifezero aka John Flowers hosts That Post Show, another discussion based talk show discussing aspects of the VFX industry. John is a professor at FXphd, as well as a regular guest on The VFX Show.
That Media Show
John Flowers is also the producer of That Media Show, a more news based video show that gives you news, updates, and information about current movies, film, television and commercial production.
Stash is a great DVD magazine that features some of the motion amazing visual effects and motion graphics created. In the short podcast they give you a look into what you can expect from that issue of Stash, and get you amped up to see some inspiration.
Red Giant TV
You have seen them being featured in the tutorial roundups the last couple of months, well they are on iTunes as well! Aharon Rabinowitz hosts the ever popular Red Giant TV along with guest tutorial creators such as Stu Maschwitz or Harry Frank to help out, just to name a few. This podcast almost always deals with some kind of Red Giant plugin somehow, and it is a great way to get some always amazing tutorials. Make sure you watch the ending for some killer coupons on Red Giant products!
Nick Campbell (aka the Greyscale Gorilla) rocks the GSGcast, which he explores everything from Cinema 4D, to Photoshop; Raylight Ring camera adapters and cameras, and of course After Effects. Nick is a motion designer based at Digital Kitchen in Chicago, and he is one of my favorite video bloggers to watch, and I can always count on him to have something new every week, if not every few days.
Business of Design
John Dickinson, host of Motionworks, and Robin Dickinson of Radsmarts host this more alternative approach to a podcast, but is very results oriented in the fact that, the catchline of the podcast is “Profit From Your Talent”. If you are a motion designer this is a nice break from all the VFX technically driven stuff, and a refreshing look at marketing yourself, your business, and making your career take a turn for the better.
Another show that John Dickinson is hosting is Unplugged, a series of video interviews with plugin founders and manufacturers such as Zax Dow of Zaxwerks, or Sean Safreed of Red Giant. These interviews can give you an insight as to where the companies came from, how far they have come and what is quite possibly the next step for the future.
Real World Footage Effects
Artbeats’ podcast, hosted by Steve Holmes of Energi Design, is a look at how you can use stock footage products from the Artbeats library along with After Effects and some clever motion graphics or visual effects to create some stunning looking results.
VFS Animation and Film School
The greatest thing about this podcast, is it is all made from students at the Vancouver Film School. This shows what the students have learned, are learning, and really showcases some of the top pieces of work produced from the education learned there.
*Title thumbnail image by Jorge Quan.