Storytelling is at the core of any TV programme that’s worth a watch. Whether they’re fast turnaround or long-form; stories are often multi-layered, based around several key characters and interrelated issues, and can take the audience all over the world. To bring these complexities together, to shape them and weave them into a narrative and build a story that not only flows but produces compelling viewing is a real skill…that’s why you hire the best storytellers in the business.
But, what if you could help them to be even better? That’s where Lumi comes in.
Lumi is for you – the storyteller
As a storyteller, Lumi won’t do your job for you…but it will enhance it.
Lumi can not only help you shape individual stories but it can give you a fantastic overview of episodes and how they sit within the series themselves. It gives you the detail as well as the big picture and can help you bring to life the overall creative vision you hold. All teams on the same page, in the same space, working on the story together.
Over the course of making long-form documentaries, characters change, and sometimes, producers and directors move on. Story threads can get lost and that creative vision can become blurred. A comment made at the beginning of filming can be a key moment that needs to play out at the end of the story. But what if that question, for some reason, goes unanswered? Your story has no ending and when you’re in the edit, you need to send people out to get pick-ups – often at great cost to production, inconvenience to contributors, causing continuity issues – your story is compromised.
Lumi brings all the story elements together – the backstory, the history, the meet and greet, the reveals, the key moments, the different themes, the locations, and keeps them in a single space. As stories develop or teams change, the vision remains clear. Story beats aren’t missed and nothing is lost in translation. Lumi allows you to grow, cultivate and nurture the narrative without second-guessing what may have happened previously or where the story is heading.
Lumi holds the integrity of a story that, from the time of conception, passes through many hands before landing in post. The creative vision is clear to the entire team, and the frustration of repeated conversations, reading convoluted emails, relaying the creative direction, or continually having to explain your decisions – disappears.
All this detailed information at the fingertips of your series producers, producer/directors, and researchers enables them to immerse themselves in the subject matter and tell a much richer story, following one creative vision.
For those in charge of long-running series that churn out multiple stories, week-in, and week-out, Lumi works the same way. All your information is kept in one place that’s easy to find, and easy to follow. Lumi can hold a lot of information, so the more you put in, the more you get out.
How many times have you heard ‘haven’t we done this before?’ or ‘we tried to do that last year but it fell down because…’ or ‘what happened to that story?’ being bandied around, and then been part of the mad frenzy that follows trying to find the answers. Or you need an expert on a particular subject in a hurry and a colleague mentions that one appeared in a previous episode. What was their name? Which series? All eyes turn to the person who’s been working on the series the longest…will they know the answer? Maybe. But why leave it to chance?
When Lumi is the keeper of knowledge, no-one has to remember the detail. Entering a keyword into the project library brings up all the relevant Cards that relate to that word or subject. For example, you could bring up all the episodes in Series 11, find out how many times a particular business expert featured in that series, how many times you used a particular presenter or the last time you ran a story about climate change. It’s all there at the touch of a button.
Lumi underpins the creative vision
In projects where smart, talented people come together in complex, often temporary teams, to build and deliver on an idea and vision; we support you, the storyteller.
Lumi helps you convey your creative vision to all members of the team, regardless of department, shift, or location. Having Lumi on your team means not having to repeat the creative direction or continually relay decisions. You can get on with your job, knowing that Lumi is doing the hard work for you and nothing will be lost in translation.
Hold the threads of your story in a single place and be confident that story beats will be followed through to the end, even if team members change over the life of the project.
Want to know how Lumi could help your team?
Book in a chat with a Lumi Senior Producer today.