Raphael Olympio Guilherme Moran, MRi p.g.s (born May 30, 1998, in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England) is an award-winning film producer and director, having won best music video and best web series at international film festivals, and received nominations for five more. He has most recently directed the web series, “Wizard Grandpa Stories,” which is featuring on Amazon Prime Video.
He has been the Festival Film and Photography Producer/Director for the Byline Festival since 2017, and has an ongoing collaboration with the Byline organisation.
Raphael has founded and is the CEO of companies that specialise in the entertainment industry; Moran Films (video production company), Moran Associates (publicity and talent management) and Moran Enterprises (business administration). He is the president of the Producers Guild of Sussex.
Raphael went to Michael Hall School in Forest Row, East Sussex. From a young age, Raphael worked with his parents in their puppet shows. Since that time his aim has been to create an experience that audiences would enjoy, which motivated him to learn the disciplines and skills which are needed to succeed in the entertainment industry.
He has collaborated with award-winning filmmakers, including working with Primetime Emmy-Nominated cinematographer Christopher Titus King on several projects.
Raphael is a board member of the radio station 107 Meridian FM, where he hosts a weekly radio show, and he has recorded several commercials for them.
Raphael is also a photographer, voice-over artist, actor and musician.
He is the grandson of Olympio Guilherme, a Brazilian journalist, actor and director.
• He is also a DJ, aka Big Boy Bass .
• Presenter of his own radio show playing Music from the Movies , on 107 Meridian FM .
• Raphael has dual nationality, the UK and Brazil.
• Raphael is the grandson of Olympio Guilherme , a Brazilian journalist, actor and director.
• At Michael Hall he was taught by:
1) Sally Schweizer , who wrote influential books on child development ("Well, I Wonder," Rudolf Steiner Press, 2006; "Under the Sky," Rudolf Steiner Press, 2009). She is the niece of the composer, Benjamin Britten.
2) Alastair Smith (stage management, lighting and sound). His West End credits as a technical stage manager included A Chorus Line (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 1976) and Annie (Victoria Palace, 1978), before he moved into management with Andrew Treagus Associates. His love of theatre was based around the production period, solving problems and "getting the show on the road". Those shows included big musicals such as Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria, 1984), Time (Dominion Theatre, 1986) and Sunset Boulevard (Adelphi Theatre, 1993), alongside dramas like St Mark's Gospel with Alec McCowen (Comedy Theatre, 1978) - for which he also designed the set - and the Royal Shakespeare Company's Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Ambassadors Theatre, 1986). After the 1987-88 Australasian tour of Starlight Express, he worked for the Really Useful Group, including many Andrew Lloyd Webber tryouts at the Sydmonton Festival. In 1999, he moved to Disney as general manager for the opening of The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre, 1999).
3) Simon Jessel (set design and building).
4) Daniele Gaillemin (directing). She is a senior teacher at Michael Hall School, Great Britain and has been practicing theatre for over 4 decades. She has mastered various art forms and has directed over 100 plays during this time.
• Star Puppets was the name of the puppet theatre company run by Steve and Bonina Moran, who trained their son, Raphael Moran, in the arts and techniques of puppetry, from music to costume to lighting to acting.
• Raphael Moran photographed the whistle-blowers in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in association with the Byline organization.
• Raphael's mother and father are Bonina Moran and Steve Moran.
• He is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of the following companies: Moran Enterprises, Moran Films, and Moran Associates.
• President of Producers Guild of Sussex (PGS) since 2020.
The Producers Guild of Sussex (PGS) is a trade association representing independent film and television producers and New Media producers in Sussex, UK. The PGS's membership includes producers of commercial as well as independent film and television content who are based in Sussex. Its aim is to support and unite them as they strive to achieve the highest standards of film-making. It was founded by a group of Sussex film-makers.
• Member of Royal Institution of Great Britain (RI) since 2019.
The Royal Institution of Great Britain is an organisation devoted to scientific education and research, based in London. It was founded in 1799 by the leading British scientists of the age, including Henry Cavendish and its first president, George Finch, the 9th Earl of Winchilsea.
• Member of National Union of Journalists (NUJ) since 2019.
The National Union of Journalists is a trade union for journalists in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. It was founded in 1907 and has 38,000 members. It is a member of the International Federation of Journalists.
• Member of Royal Photographic Society (RPS) since 2019.
The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, commonly known as the Royal Photographic Society, is one of the world's oldest photographic societies.
• Member of Royal Television Society (RTS) since 2019.
The Royal Television Society, or RTS, is a British-based educational charity for the discussion, and analysis of television in all its forms, past, present and future. It is the oldest television society in the world.
• Member of Raindance London since 2019.
Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in the UK and around the world. Based in the heart of London with satellite offices around the world, Raindance combines Raindance Film Festival, film training courses, production company Raindance Raw Talent, the British Independent Film Awards, and film charity the Independent Film Trust.
• Member of Shooting People since 2019.
Shooting People is a vibrant community of independent filmmakers - we connect and we collaborate to make feature films, shorts, documentaries, web series, and more.
We exist because we believe that the best way to get independent films made and out into the world is to learn from others doing it themselves.
• Club Member of British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) since 2017.
The British Society of Cinematographers is an educational, social and professional organisation.
Since its formation in 1949, its prime objective has been to promote and encourage the highest standards in the art and craft of cinematography.
Our membership, which is by invitation only, comprises of some of the most talented Directors of Photography and Camera Operators in the United Kingdom.
It also encompasses many distinguished friends and patrons from the film and television industry.
• Member of Forest Row Choral Society (FRCS) since 2008.
Forest Row Choral Society is a friendly, non-audition choir of around 55 members that rehearses on Tuesday evenings at Forest Row Primary School and holds most of its concerts at Holy Trinity Church in Lewes Road.
It was founded in 1962 as the Michael Hall School Choral Society under its first director Cecil Cope. In 1985 Tom Scratchley took over and moved the choir into the centre of the village.
"Get up early, work hard, learn from the greats, exceed your limits, and never stop trying."
(Raphael Moran, 2017)
"When I first became aware of movies, I couldn't help asking myself the question, "How did they do that?" My own experiments with animation and the family camera began the process of answering that question, a process which continues to this day. I put my discoveries into practice by making films with family and friends. Smoke machines, lighting effects and piles of old clothes were all sucked into the teenage movie production line which was the predecessor of Moran Films. Filming school plays taught me discipline; filming my own stories gave an outlet to my creativity that I continue to pour into the films of my clients."
(Raphael Moran, 2016)