Bridget & Eamon – Making of the Opening Titles

Bridget & Eamon – Making of the Opening Titles

We were privileged to be involved in Irish television broadcaster RTÉ’s, brand-new comedy show Bridget & Eamon, written by Jason Butler, Jennifer Zamparelli and Bernard O’Shea. The show is set in the 1980s, and stars Jennifer as Bridget and Bernard as Eamon in roles already made popular in sketches on Republic of Telly and online with millions of views.

 

On location with Bridget and Eamon

Jason Butler directing on Bridget and Eamon shoot

Bridget and Eamon director Jason Butler demonstrates green screen turn table

 

For the show, Emberlight was tasked with creating the opening titles. The brief was to create a look that wouldn’t be out of place with Irish television shows produced in the early ’80s, but also making it about the characters and their personalities. For this project, we used some ’80s pop videos as reference material, along with actual sitcom titles from that period. We were really inspired by the abstractness (is that a word?) in videos by artists such as Visage and Modern Talking, and the strange randomness in Crowded House’s ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’. And who doesn’t like flying pots & pans in a video?

 

Bridget and Eamon's telly

Jennifer Zamparelli and Bernard O'Shea doing their thing on turn table

Jennifer Zamparelli and Bernard O’Shea doing their thing on turn table

 

The live-action portions involving Jennifer & Bernard were shot on chromakey, edited together to the music track and later were composited with some cgi elements and vfx. Finally, it was all graded to create that 1980s look and feel. Bridget & Eamon will initially run for six episodes, and you can catch them (and their 6 to 8 children) on Mondays at 10pm on RTÉ2.

See the full opening sequence

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