10 Days in December - Proof of Concept

San Francisco, California | Film Short

Drama, Romance

Frank Kelly

1 Campaigns | County Louth, Ireland

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This is a proof-of-concept for our feature film 10 Days in December, an Irish/American love story about Will and Lucy. Set to the backdrop of Ireland at Christmas, with friends, family, pubs, live music, cold wet days and warm winter nights, we watch as this young couple fall in love.

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The Story

This campaign is to raise funding for a Proof-of-concept (a single scene from our feature script, 10 Days in December) which we will use to help raise the bigger budget needed for the full film.


10 Days in December is a love story about Will and Lucy, a young couple who meet a film festival in America and fall for each other. Will is an independent filmmaker from Ireland, Lucy, originally from Montana, now lives in the American Midwest and works as a film programmer for a large international film festsival. Will is invited to attend the festival to receive an award. Soon after meeting, Will and Lucy became fast friends, the connection grows and by the time he must leave, they find it harder to say goodbye than expected. Withing a few days, Will invites Lucy to spend Christmas in Ireland.


My name is Frank Kelly. I am an award-winning independent filmmaker from Ireland, now living in the United States. Over the last 10 years I've made seven films, including shorts, documentaries, experimental work and features. My films have screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide, won awards and sold to national broadcastors. Now, I'm setting out to make my next film, a feature I've written with my wife, Maryann Koopman Kelly. This will be the most personal film I've ever made, and a story I'm passionate about. It's called 10 Days in December, and I'd love for you to be a part of it.




The film is set over the 10 days Will and Lucy spend together in Ireland. Will shows Lucy his world, she meets his family and friends and sees the places where he grew up. But, as their relationship grows, they find that their backgrounds, beliefs and the simple practicality of being together makes them question if this relationship is worth pursuing. Even though their feelings for each other grow by the day, they need to decide if it's even possible.


Set to the backdrop of Ireland at Christmas, with friends, family, pubs, food and drink, live music, cold wet days, warm cozy nights by the fire, Lucy finds a world that welcomes her with open arms, while Will finds himself taken on an unexpected journey.


In 10 Days in December, it is our goal to capture that feeling, and tell a story that is not only a love story about Will and Lucy, but a love letter to Ireland at this time of year -- filled with warmth, friendship and love.


We've been working solidly on this project for more than a year and a half. We recently submitted the script to industry professionals for reading, and the consensus was unanimous -- they found it to be "warm, funny, sweet and full of delightful characters." We wanted to build on that, and we have endeavored to push the script and write something that will be ready to move into full production next year.



We are close to that point, and ready to start looking for funding. However, we will need a substantial budget to shoot this transatlanic feature film. So one thing we would like to do first is to shoot a proof-of-concept. This will consist of a scene from the feature script, to be shot in Ireland at the end of this year, as well as some incidental footage of our handsome young couple. This will form the basis of a teaser trailer for the film, and help us gain interest for further investment for the feature. The scene we have chosen to shoot is a key moment in the movie and one we believe perfectly communicates the essence and theme of the film.


We will shoot with our two leads, Graeme Coughlan and Grace Fitzgerald, two phenomonally talented young actors from Ireland. We can't wait for you to meet them.


(Graeme Coughlan as Will)


 (Grace Fitzgerald as Lucy)


During our time in Ireland we will meet more members of the cast, hopefully hold a table reading of the feature script, which we will tape, and avail of the time to photograph our short shoot as much as possible to gather publicity shots, and shots for the poster, which will be professionally designed once we're back in the States. Six months from now we will have a solid, beautiful looking package to help us move forward and seek the big budget we need for the feature film itself. 


We really hope you'll join us on that journey. We can't wait to have you along for the ride! It's gonna be exciting!!!


If you would like to find out more about me please feel free to get in touch, or go to my blog: http://frankkelly.blogspot.com


If you would to find out more about Maryann, and indeed our story, which inspired 10 Days in December, visit her blog: https://maryannk.wordpress.com


You can also see my previous films here:


Emily's Song

Bill, For Short

Slan Agus Beannacht


Joe & Sarah

Raise My Hands



Thanks so much for reading and supporting us!


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Camera Operator

Costs $500

We need a great Director of Photography for one day. I want to show you how beautiful the final film is going to look like.

Sound Recordist

Costs $400

Sound is vital, a good recordist are worth their weight in gold! We need one.


Costs $600

Equipment rental is expensive, but you get what you pay for. We want to this piece to look beautiful, so we're pulling out the big guns!


Costs $150

We're shooting outside, but in Ireland, in Winter... so, you know, we want to be able to see our actors!

Craft Services Food

Costs $150

Food for thought. A fed cast and crew are a happy cast and crew.


Costs $600

All hands on deck and a handful of crew to help us move equipment, get set up and ready to roll.


Costs $600

We have two talented actors ready to roll. Let's pay them for their time and talent.

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

About This Team



Frank W. Kelly: Writer/Director/Producer. Frank has made seven award-winning independent films, including shorts, documentaries, features, commercial and experimental work. Frank has been making films for over 10 years. He studied animation production at Ballyfemot in Dublin, Irleand, but went back to his first love after graduation, and began making films. However his love for animation recently came full circle when he wrote an episode of The Tom and Jerry Show for Warner Bros. Animation. His own films have screened at over 100 international film festivals, won awards, been included in Best-of-Fest boxsets and been sold to national television stations. 



Maryann Koopman Kelly: Writer/Producer. 

Maryann has been a freelance journalist for more than 13 years, most recently contributing features and film reviews to Paste Magazine. Her "day job" is assistant to the editor-in-chief of ACS Central Science, a role based out of Stanford University in California. (Her "night job" involves running around after her two small kids and longsuffering border collie, but we won't get into that!) Maryann has a background in volunteering and working for community theatre, opera, symphony and film, including several years as Film & Research Coordinator at Heartland Film in Indianpolis. She has worked behind the scenes on most of Frank's films and is thrilled to be teaming up with Frank as co-writer, co-producer on 10 Days in December. 






Grace Fitzgerald (as Lucy): Actor: Grace Fitzgerald is a graduate of The Oxford School of Drama. Previously, Grace studied at the prestigious Samuel Beckett Centre in Trinity College Dublin, where she studied Drama and Theatre Studies and English. Grace also spent a year abroad studying Film, Theatre, and Literature at the University of California San Diego. She has most recently been seen performing lead roles in The New Theatre - Dublin's productions of The School for Wives and The Misanthrope.


Graeme Coughlan (as Will): Actor: Graeme studied at the Momentum acting school in Dublin and previously at the Gaiety School of Acting. He has recently been cast as Guildenstern in the Mill Productions staging of Hamlet. He recently completed a 10 week run of Easter Tuesday, where he played the lead role of Dermot Brogan. He is also in pre-production on his own short film Feathers. Tv and film credits include Red Rock, Wrecking the Rising and Limoncello a short film which was screened earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival.

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