Granada Hills, California
ph:
818-591-0240
e-mail: johnaxness@hotmail.com

John received a degree in Communications from the University of Illinois. He joined Telemation Productions in Chicago where he directed and edited hundreds of commercials, promos, and corporate videos. Commercial clients included Newsweek, Radio Shack, Datsun, AMC, and Wards; corporate clients included Casio, Magnavox, MacDonalds, and Standard Oil. He received the Andy Award for best director from the Advertising Club of New York, and a VPA Monitor Award for editing a Newsweek spot.

After relocating to Los Angeles, John joined the Directors Guild as an associate director for network and syndicated television series and specials, and an assistant director for several low-budget feature films. John continued to edit:
The History of White People in America, a comedy series for Cinemax; The Dave Thomas Show for CBS, and a documentary for Douglas Trumbull and NHK in Japan titled Film as Experience.

John then segued to producing and directing segments for the
Disney Channel series Epcot Magazine. He directed Breakthrough!, a magazine format pilot, and co-produced the Cinemax Comedy Experiment Merrill Markoe's Guide to Glamourous Living starring Martin Mull, David Letterman, Garry Shandling, Fred Willard, Andrea Martin, and Harry Shearer.

John wrote the TV movie Lucky Day, an "ABC Theater" Presentation starring Olympia Dukakis, Amy Madigan, and Chloe Webb, which won the 1991 Humanitas Prize for writing. He then began directing episodes of the comedy series Dream On for HBO and wrote and directed segments for The Big Moment on ABC.

John has been nominated for four CableACE awards: editor of the Cinemax Comedy Experiment This Week Indoors, producer of Merrill Markoe's Guide to Glamourous Living, editor of the Dream On pilot episode (which he won), and director of Dream On.

Currently he is writing and developing several feature film projects, and editing the comedy series Grosse Pointe on the WB Network.

Photography has been a passion of his since childhood. John has finally assembled a portfolio and is seeking representation. He uses black and white infrared film to heighten the reality of his subjects. Printing is done with quad black inks on watercolor paper to give the images a certain weight and depth.

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