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John Donald "J.D." Amato (@JDAmato on Twitter) loves movies. He is known for his work directing on "The Chris Gethard Show," "Cop Show," and "My Brother, My Brother and Me."


He has appeared on the Digital FilmmakingWar of the Worlds, Starship Troopers, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, and My Neighbor Totoro episodes of Blank Check, as well as the beginning and end of the Speed Racer episode. He also appeared on the Blank Check Special Features episode Corpse Bride. He introduced to the podcast his relevant hypothesis that all films are about their filmmakers.

Griffin and David have an ASMR-like fascination with J.D. talking about cinematography techniques, a topic which Amato is well-versed in.

Talking the Walk[]

Some of J.D.'s appearances are part of an annual feature called Talking the Walk. These episodes often involve waxing poetic/going extremely deep about technical details and visual effects. For the 2020 installment, he recorded a secret companion podcast wherein he interviewed Kevin Baillie, the visual effects supervisor for The Walk.


JD Amato's appearances on the podcast tend to run long, and he currently has the 11th and 14th longest episodes. His My Neighbor Totoro episode is among the longest to eclipse the film's run time, with the going 1:05 over the film's 1:26.

Main Feed[]

# Title Audio Guest(s) Length Date Series
20 Digital Filmmaking 🔊 J.D. Amato 1:23 8/24/2015 Attack of the Podcast
57 Speed Racer 🔊 Emily Yoshida
J.D. Amato
1:58 5/16/2016 The Podchowski Casters
102 War of the Worlds 🔊 J.D. Amato 2:17 4/2/2017 Pod Me If You Cast
148 Starship Troopers 🔊 J.D. Amato 2:25 2/18/2018 Podship Casters
183 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 🔊 J.D. Amato 2:35 9/23/2018 Podback Mountcast
233 My Neighbor Totoro 🔊 J.D. Amato 2:31 9/1/2019 Howl's Moving Podcastle
304 The Walk 🔊 J.D. Amato 2:35 12/27/2020 Podcast Away

Special Features[]

# Title Audio Guest(s) Length Date Series
SF010 Corpse Bride 🔊 J.D. Amato 1:39 3/11/2019 Podward Scissorcast
SF037 Walking The Talk 2019: A Funeral For Frames 🔊 J.D. Amato 2:05 11/11/2019 Patreon Standalones
Talking the Walk
SF122 Talking the Walk 2021: Ranking the Walks 🔊 J.D. Amato 3:01 12/11/2021

Secret Podcast[]

A secret podcast, called Talking the Walk, is hosted by J.D. Amato and produced by Ben Hosley. The podcast is a companion to the annual Talking the Walk feature. To locate the episode, listeners have to solve a series of riddles.

# Title Guest(s) Length Date
1 Talking the Walk Kevin Baillie 0:59 12/27/2020