One Day in December
One day you'll fall in love, One Day in December. A film about an Irish lad and an American girl, who spend Christmas Eve together.
Welcome to the Kickstarter campaign for One Day In December, an Irish/American love story. This is a short film, based an actual events, that takes place over… well, one day in December, Christmas Eve to be exact!
Lucy is an American girl, flying to Ireland for the first time to meet Will, a charming, if not cheeky, Irish lad. They met a couple of months before at a film festival and fell for each other, but now, for the first time, they’re going to spend time alone together. Not sure what to expect, they have both taken a leap of faith. Will it work out?
Set to the backdrop of Ireland at Christmas, with family, friends, pubs, live music, cold wet days and warm cozy nights by the fire, One Day In December is a love letter to Ireland at Christmas. Filled with humour and romance, this short film will take us through a day in the life of two people searching for love, and wondering if they’ve found it in each other.
We are trying to raise $35,000. This money will be used to pay for cast, crew, equipment, accommodation, transport, food and everything it takes to make a film of this scale. Although it is a short film, it is longer than your average short and takes place in several locations, with a large ensemble cast and many extras.
Speaking of cast, we have a wonderful group of Award-Winning film and theatre actors waiting in the wings. In the lead roles, are Grace Fitzgerald as Lucy, and Graeme Coughlan as Will. We have a stellar supporting cast, with Clare Monnelly as Fi, Ross Mac Mahon as Keiran, John Morton as John, Diane Jennings Wendy, Meg Healy as Lorraine, Patrick O’Donnell The Chipper, Lorna Larkin as The Chipper's Wife, Gerry Wade as Alan and Tadhg Murphy as himself. We still have a couple of parts to cast, but we're really excited with everyone involved. (please click on the names to view clips and showreels)
As mentioned, this story is based on real events, my own in fact. I am producing this film with my wife, Maryann, and several years ago we met at a film festival. I received an award for my short film Emily’s Song and she was film researcher and coordinator at the Heartland Film Festival. We became fast friends and soon after I left the festival I invited her to Ireland for Christmas. We spent 10 wonderful days together. Since then we have worked on all of my projects together, but this is the first fully collaborative effort, as it is Our story.
This film depicts one of those days, but there are nine more days to tell, so to that end I should mention that this film is also a proof of concept for the feature film version 10 Days In December, where we will go deeper into the love story. While this short film is the “Will they or wont they?” story, the feature film asks, “Can they?”
However, One Day in December will be a stand alone film, and should the feature version never happen, it will exist on its own as its own story. So, for now, we are putting all our energy and creativity into making this film the best film it can be.
We hope you will join us on this journey and help us make One Day In December, a heartfelt story of love and friendship between two wandering souls who find each other one Christmas Eve in Ireland.
Thank you for reading, and taking the time to look at our video. We hope you'll be inspired to support One Day in December!
As part of the $400 Pledge you will receive 5 Photographic Prints of locations that will appear in the film, taken by the Director, Frank W. Kelly. Pictured here, they will also give you a look at where the film is going to be shot:
About The Writer/Director - Frank W. Kelly:
I’ve been making films for about 15 years. My films have been accepted to dozens of festivals around the world. I've picked up several Awards, honorary mentions and best of fest recognition along the way. My films have sold to national broadcasters and continue to appear on TV and at film festivals today.
Before that I studied Classical Animation in Dublin, I graduated in 2000, but went straight into film. However that grounding in storytelling and a strong sense of composition has stayed with me and served me well. The first short film I showed the world was Emily’s Song, in 2006, which went on to screen at over 30 international film festivals, win several awards and get picked up by national broadcasters in the UK, including RTE and Channel 4.
Among my other films was 140, inspired by twitter back in 2009, it was an early crowdsourced documentary that brought together the talents, and visuals, of 140 filmmakers, in 140 locations, on 5 continents, in 23 countries, who shot 140 seconds at the same time, capturing a moment around the world. I also made the short Raise My Hands, which is still screening at festival, currently on festival number 16. My first dramatic feature film was entitled Derelict, a dark thriller. In total I have made 7 films, all of which are available to watch online for free.
Risks and challenges
As with any film there are risks involved. Sickness, bad weather, delays, conflicting schedules, postponements, rental equipment suddenly becoming unavailable. Our job as filmmakers is to rise to any and all challenges that we face. It is part and parcel of filmmaking.
We will be shooting a lot of exteriors during Winter time in Ireland, which may lead to delays. I have always been a creative and flexible filmmaker, and having made all my films in Ireland to date, I am well used to the Irish weather. We just get it done, if the weather proves to be too much, we will have interior scenes we can shoot instead, until we get a break in the weather.
I plan to have the film tightly scheduled, so everyone involved knows where they are and when, avoiding delays and conflicts. If they do arise however we can be flexible. There is a lot to shoot, so we can always move onto something else until any issues are dealt with.
Safety is also a huge priority for me. I have studied it, and enforced throughout my career. There will be a safety advisor on set to talk to the cast and crew before we shoot. Luckily we don't have any stunts on this film, so risk to the cast and crew is minimal.
I have been making films in Ireland for 15 years, I have many colleagues and contacts and people I can rely on. If equipment is ever an issue, we have several back ups. I will also be shooting in my hometown, where I have a lot of support, so I am looking forward to a warm and welcoming experience.
I foresee challenges, put nothing my experienced cast and crew won't be able to overcome. It's my job as Director to lead them through it, and I'm up for the challenge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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