On Netflix | 1st July 2021

Blue Spill were very excited to collaborate and work with Director John Dower and Lightbox on the three-part Netflix series “Sophie: A Murder in West Cork”, which focuses on the murder investigation of Sophie Toscan taking place in Schull, West Cork, Ireland in the year of 1996.

We worked closely with the London based team, developing a tactile/analogue aesthetic as we wanted the graphics to sit seamlessly in the era that the investigation took place in. Our main role and focus for the project was to create a set of maps which would be referenced continually throughout the series with key locations linked to the investigation of Sophie’s murder, as well as timeline cards detailing different segments of the investigation to help guide the narrative.

Blue Spill created over 25 motion sequences for Netflix’s Sophie: A Murder in West Cork using an ACES Adobe After Effects and Flame workflow.

This three-part series examines one of Ireland’s most famous murder cases, the death of French producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in the town of Schull, West Cork in 1996. The brutal murder, which shocked the country, triggered one of the biggest murder investigations Ireland had ever seen and became a national obsession. The documentary will chart the circumstances of her death, unravelling the extraordinary story from its beginning, 24 years ago to the present day. With exclusive access to Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s family, the series will bring together, for the first time, the views of her family with Ian Bailey, the man at the centre of the investigation.