Visual Storytellers for Growth Companies

We are Luminoustudios, a bicoastal production company focused on creating video content for companies and brands, mostly in tech and lifestyle. We began as indie filmmakers, so our approach is to bring together cinematic-style storytelling and branded content to create a high-quality and affordable product.

We are a one-stop-shop production company so we will take care of everything from development to final HD delivery. Our clientele includes names such as Google and Polaroid, as well as a diverse range of startups like Splacer and Fiverr, with a unanimous focus on growth products.

 
$5,000+
 
Undisclosed
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2015
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Los Angeles, CA
headquarters
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Polaroid, StoryCorps, Fiverr, Google, Kodak, UCI, WeddingWire, Splacer

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Video Production for Clothing Brand

"They handled a crazy startup timeline well thanks to their flexibility." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2018 - Jan. 2019
Project summary: 

Luminoustudios produced a video for a new product that created and communicated a high-quality, fashionable brand identity.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Katie Finley
Founder, Ori
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Beyond shooting and producing the video, Luminoustudio was critical to defining its creative vision and approach. Their consistent communication and flexibility allowed them to keep up in a fast-moving, startup environment. Responses to the video praise its visuals and production value.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.           

I’m the founder of Ori, a direct-to-consumer apparel startup. We spent the latter half of 2018 preparing for our soft launch via crowdfunding in January 2019.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Luminoustudios Inc.?

We hired Luminoustudios to produce our Kickstarter brand video.

What were your goals for this project?

We hoped to create an amazing video for our crowdfunding campaign that showcased our product and brand on both our website and other channels.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I interviewed several different video production companies before moving forward with Luminous. I chose Reema (Co-Founder, Luminoustudios Inc.)  and the team because they were incredibly empathic toward our customer, the problem we were solving, and the reason we were building our brand. They also seemed extremely capable and skilled based on my conversations with them and their previous work. Finally, I was attracted to their transparency and desire to build a partnership with a startup. 

Describe the video(s) and the process in detail.

Our initial concept was to produce a Kickstarter-esque video that detailed our product development process and the research behind the product. Luminoustudios suggested we pivot to a more brand-focused video and provided examples for us to evaluate. We loved the idea and ended up creating a narrative piece showcasing a day in the life of someone that uses our product. The final video was more polished, aesthetic, and story-driven than our original idea could have been.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

They were hyper-flexible in allowing us to provide input throughout the process. They were open to feedback at every turn and struck a great balance between guiding with their professional expertise and accounting for our input.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

We’re only in the early stages of distribution, but we’re incredibly happy with the final product. Anecdotal feedback has been extremely positive, especially regarding the video’s look and feel and production quality.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

It was highly effective. They were always available by phone and email, and we had several different email threads that pushed different parts of the process forward. Their team was incredibly helpful and accommodating.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The quality/level of work they produced compared to the size of their team stood out to us. They handled a crazy startup timeline well thanks to their flexibility. I highly recommend them for their creative and technical skills.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Video Production for Oral History Nonprofit

"Luminoustudios' professionalism, skill, and generosity set them apart." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2018 - Jan. 2019
Project summary: 

Luminoustudios shot and produced a video detailing a nonprofit's services and the advantages they provide. The video contained text, audio, and both live-action and animated footage.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Brooklyn, New York
Associate, Oral History Nonprofit
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internal stakeholders are excited to debut the video to both partners and prospective customers. Luminoustudios wove together disparate storytelling elements while maintaining the utmost professionalism in all their interactions. Customers can expect a helpful, experienced team.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m an associate at a national nonprofit. I work in the fee-for-service arm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Luminoustudios Inc.?

We hired Luminoustudios to film and produce a promotional video for our services.

What were your goals for this project?

We aimed to create an engaging, sharable promotion that explained our services to potential clients.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We'd previously worked with Luminoustudios and seen great results.

Describe the video(s) and the process in detail.

The video introduces our organization and outlines the services and benefits we deliver. It marries text, audio, and live and animated video.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

We were in close contact with 3–4 people throughout the project. They were extremely flexible and generous during stages where our team changed tact or moved in a different direction.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

We're looking forward to sharing the video with our partners and potential clients.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

It was highly productive. The Luminous team was extremely communicative and generous with their time.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Luminoustudios' professionalism, skill, and generosity set them apart.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, not that I can think of at this time.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Video Production for Social Enterprise

“They care about their client's story as if it were their own.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
July - Sept. 2016
Project summary: 

Luminoustuidos provided comprehensive video production services, including storyboarding, scripting, videography, music, and editing.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
New York City, New York
Dan McIntosh
Senior Producer, The Future Project
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their dedication to creating an accurate and captivating narrative is commendable. Luminoustudios remained adaptive throughout the project, and was cooperative with replacing unsuitable resources. Communication was straightforward, and overall, they provided a seamless collaboration.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a senior producer at The Future Project, and I provide video, photo, and other creative work focused on telling students’ stories and giving them opportunities to have their voices heard. Our organization works with young people in high schools across the country to find out what their dreams and passions are, then use them in order to transform their schools and communities.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Luminoustudios?

We were in a partnership with a large telecommunications company, and they were looking to do some summer IT camps for younger people interested in technology and coding. One of the camps was held where we’re located in New York, so part of our partnership was providing opportunities for our students to be selected to participate in their camps. We had a number of spots reserved for them, so we had our students submit applications to be part of the program.

As part of that partnership, they wanted us to produce a video about the student experience. We have an in-house video production team, but we are also working on other projects. We hired Luminoustudios to find camera people and editors to partner with us in finding stories and producing the video. We wanted a studio production team that could provide a lot of those resources and do a lot of the leg work, but they also needed to work with us in understanding our narrative.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They were involved in storyboarding and scripting the video. We had an idea going into it of what we wanted to do based on our knowledge of our students. We narrowed it down to one student to focus on as they experienced the program. We centered the narrative around key moments as they were going in and coming out, and how they changed over the course of those three weeks.

After we determined that, we talked with Sania [Co-Founder & Head of Production, Luminoustudios] about different options of students. She helped us figure out some ideas for moments we might want to capture based on the programming that was going on. They were helpful in walking us through what the video would ultimately look like at the end depending on what students we chose, different shots, and how it would be interpreted. They provided creative input and more manpower around camerawork and editors.

What is the team dynamic?

I ended up being the person who was producing on the ground at the venue most of the time. In the couple of weeks leading up to the project when we were actually filming, that’s when I worked most closely with Sania. On the days that we were actually shooting, I was mainly working with the 2 camera people that she hired. I worked directly with them on shots and communicating with the staff, and they also communicated with our student to make sure things were going well.

How did you come to work with Luminoustudios?

Someone we know runs a platform that matches people looking for videography services with production studios. He sent us a couple ideas of different companies, and one was Luminoustudios. We really liked their look and stories because they were focused on impact and social issues. We just got a good feeling from them. They were focused on the power of the narrative and the arguments they wanted to make for their clients rather than being fancy and impressing people.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $10,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from July 2016–September 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The telecommunications company posted it online, but they also used it a lot to communicate internally with their employees and executives about that particular program. Their team was really excited about the end product.

One of the things they talked about was how happy they were with our choice of focusing on one student and their progress throughout the program, rather than just day-to-day activities. They were impressed with being able to really hear that student’s voice because it was important to them that they could communicate at large and with their internal colleagues about the value of their work.

The students involved in the program and the one we focused on specifically thought the video was really authentic and presented their experience in a compelling way.

How did Luminoustudios perform from a project management standpoint?

They performed really well. They had hired an editor who they’d worked with previously, but it turned out that they weren’t fit for our project and didn’t understand our vision. I talked with Sania, and she tried to talk to the editor, but they just didn’t work out even after being provided with concrete feedback and specific directions. Sania was cooperative and quick in finding us a new editor, and let us talk with them beforehand to make sure our ideas were aligned.

The way that they helped us solve that problem and took ownership of the issue by finding a new editor for us was impressive, and we were grateful for that. The second editor she found was really great.

They were really communicative throughout the entire process. They checked in every day to make sure that we had everything we needed, and that the camera people were doing what we needed them to. They made sure if there were any problems or changes in the schedule that we knew about it ahead of time. We could really work together seamlessly.  

What did you find most impressive about them?

There’s a baseline in any production studio that hiring a good team is important. The camera people need to be creative, dedicated, and really focused on their work. Luminoustudios provides all of this, and they also have all the foundational elements needed to succeed.

They care about their client's story as if it were their own. They’re passionate about what their clients are doing and what they’re trying to communicate, so they get really involved in the narrative. They’re committed to delivering a good product, and contribute their ideas to help their client figure out what exactly needs to be communicated. They’re very involved in not only the video itself, but in the exact edits, shots, and music as well.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We’re very happy with the work that we did with them. There are always things with creative work that don’t end up as originally envisioned, so it’s hard to pinpoint that.

5.0
Overall Score Sania and the entire crew were generous and wonderful people, and they have a lot of ideas. I’m happy we worked with them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met every deadline and always kept us on track.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We didn’t have a large budget or scope, but it was still hard to work with. They were able to find good resources for the right price.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They covered all the bases, and were very communicative. They were proactive when issues came up, and always asked us what we wanted to do.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have referred a number of people to them since we worked together.