Coral Moon Productions was registered as a independent film/video company in September, 2010. It is our aim to make the kind of genre movies we feel are not getting made in Northern Ireland and to give a platform to as much undiscovered talent as possible.
The company was founded by Philip Henry and Lorraine Fox.
After school (and a bit of indecisive flitting around) Philip studied Performing Arts at the Causeway Institute (Ballymoney). Although he originally joined the course to improve his skills as a guitarist, he soon began writing sketches for shows his class would put on. The writing bug was infectious and pretty soon the guitar was getting left aside in favour of the word processor. Still, he didn't think he could make a living at writing so he went on to study Creative Music Technology at Barnsley College. Again, the music seemed to be taking a backseat. He spent his evenings and weekends writing short stories and screenplays (when he should have been practising guitar).
After college he took a job at AVX, a local capacitor factory. He thought he'd stay there six months while he figured out his next move. He didn't get paroled from AVX for four years, when he jumped at the chance of voluntary redundancy. The AVX job was boring - though sometimes the craic was mighty - so it gave him a lot of time to daydream. So much so that he began writing a novel about two married vampires. Progress was slow until he was made redundant, then he finished it quickly. The novel was published as Vampire Dawn in 2004.
Since then he has written six more novels: Mind's Eye (2006), Vampire Twilight (2007), Freak (2008), Vampire Equinox (2009), Bleeding (2010), My Ivory Summer (2011) and The Dead Room (2012). He releases a new book every year at Halloween.
He has also written several screenplays. Although writing scripts is an entirely different discipline he has honed his skills over the years to a point where the scripts are ready to shoot -- so that's what he intends to do with Coral Moon Productions.
Lorraine first got the bug for showbiz when she was a child. She was drawn to areas as diverse as ballet, speech & drama, and singing & music.
She went to Griffin College, Dublin, which had links with University of Ulster, Jordanstown, and from 1995-1999 she completed a degree in Business Studies. Lorraine has also studied Radio and Broadcast Journalism, and Radio Production. She also volunteered in the youth media and journalism group, Headliners. Despite all these commitments, Lorraine still indulged her creative outlets by writing poetry and prose in her spare time.
As a member of Derry Scriptwriters Group, Lorraine has continued to explore her writing through short stories, poetry and a play she is working on. She is also part of a fledgling theatre group, where she gets the chance to do a bit of acting.
Now that she has completed a Masters Degree in Film & Television Management & Production, Lorraine is ready to make her mark on the world with Coral Moon Productions.