MICHAEL PAXTON

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/

WRITER/INSTRUCTOR

About MICHAEL PAXTON

NEWS

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Michael is working on his most recent feature film project, Gonda: A Hollywood Story. If you are interested in helping with funding this project, please go to the Indiegogo campaign page here:


https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gonda-a-hollywood-story/x/623447#/


Also, you may browse the PROJECTS section below to find out more about the other projects Michael is working on. These are in various stages of development and include:


  • Scripts in development
  • Scripts completed, production funding pending
  • Book projects in development


If you are interested in any of these projects (or if you have a project that you would like Michael  to get involved in), please let him know by contacting him via email.

BIOGRAPHY

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Academy Award® nominee Michael Paxton has been writing, producing, and directing intriguing and unique projects in the entertainment industry ever since he received his Master of Fine Arts degree from NYU's Graduate Institute of Film and Television. Bringing his eclectic background in philosophy and film to create a diverse body of work, Michael has been involved in a wide range of live action feature films, animation, theatrical, and literary works.


Michael's passions have led him to challenges which have produced award-winning results. Through each successive project, he confirms his love for working with actors, artists, dancers, and musicians. From documentaries like the Academy Award® nominated, Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life, to stage plays to his current project—an original film musical--his writing and directorial style continue to evolve. Please click on the images below to see the various projects Michael has worked on or is currently developing.


Also, please continue to visit this site as it progresses with Michael's career. If you would like to contact Michael, please email him at copax7@michaelpaxton.com.

PAST PROJECTS

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In addition to writing, producing, and directing film and video projects (including documentaries and animated features), Michael has authored a number of books and produced and directed stage plays.


Please browse the PAST PROJECTS section below to find out more about them. These include:


  • LIVE ACTION FILMS
  • ANIMATION
  • PLAYS
  • DOCUMENTARIES
  • BOOKS


Most of these film and video projects are available for streaming or for purchase on DVD at Amazon.com and other retailers.


Books by Michael Paxton are also available on Amazon.com or at used booksellers across the country.


Note: The photos and clips used here do not imply any licensing, copyrights, or approval from the related personalities. No rights are implied. Images used are for informational purposes only.

 

PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT

GONDA: A HOLLYWOOD STORY

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Writer, Producer & Director, Michael Paxton

With scenes based on Ayn Rand's play, Ideal


Please scroll down to watch a video that explains this project and how you can be a part of its creation through an Indiegogo campaign.

THE GIFT OF THE DEER

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Screenplay by Michael Paxton

Based on the novel by Helen Hoover


She had one job to do; to write her novel in the frozen woods of Minnesota. Instead, she befriends and chronicles the life of a family of deer, learning the hard lessons of letting go at the same time.

IN YOUR DREAMS

An Original Romantic Musical Dramedy by Michael Paxton

An original romantic musical dramedy by Michael Paxton


Why can't life be like a musical?  How about a musical within a musical? IN YOUR DREAMS is a contemporary fantasy that examines the truth about relationships, while showing how two unwilling people can fall "head over heels" in love.

MOUNTAIN MAKEOVERS

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A different kind of realty series: one where city dwellers in Manhattan escape to the mountains of Upstate New York in order to relax...and renovate cabins. Not exactly professionals when it comes to the wilderness, these folks have a lot to learn about mountain living and working!

Recent Work

This explains my new project, Gonda: A Hollywood Story. If you would like to learn more about the film and how to contribute to its funding, please go here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gonda-a-hollywood-story/x/623447#/

PAST FILM PROJECTS

STUART LITTLE 2

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Visual Effects Supervisor, Michael Paxton


Live action/animated sequel to the popular STUART LITTLE.

A PLACE IN THE CIRCLE

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Co-Produced and Co-Directed by Michael Paxton (with Pixote Hunt)


A documentary short about the contemporary African-Native American experience. Selected for the Hollywood Black Film Festival, Culver City, CA - February 26, 2000.

LION KING 1 1/2

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Associate Produced by Michael Paxton


This is the animated interquel (the story between the original THE LION KING and its sequel) that was produced at Disney Animation Australia.

ROVER DANGERFIELD

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Production Coordinated by Michael Paxton


An animated feature starring Rodney Dangerfield as a wise-cracking card shark from Las Vegas who is stuck on a farm.

THE PAGEMASTER

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Associate Produced by Michael Paxton


This is the animated interquel (the story between the original THE LION KING and its sequel) that was produced at Disney Animation Australia.

BIONICLE 3: WEB OF SHADOWS

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Associate Produced by Michael Paxton


This is the third entry into the world of the popular Lego characters.

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life

Written, Produced, and Directed by Michael Paxton

Narrated by Sharon Gless.

A feature-length documentary on the life and work of Ayn Rand, author of the popular novels THE FOUNTAINHEAD and ATLAS SHRUGGED. The film includes animated sequences, live action segments, stock footage and film clips. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary 1997 and winner of the Golden Satellite Award for Best Documentary Feature 1998. Website: www.aynrandasenseoflife.com

PLAYS DIRECTED BY MICHAEL PAXTON

IDEAL

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Directed by Michael Paxton

 Co-Produced and Co-Adapted by Michael Paxton (with Jeff Britting, Janne Peters, Jamie Allen, and Michael Keller)


This was the World Premier of Ayn Rand’s play (originally written in 1934 and never produced in her lifetime) at the Melrose Theater in Hollywood, CA, in 1989.

ANTHEM

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Written and Directed by Michael Paxton,

Co-Produced by Michael Paxton (with Jeff Britting, Janne Peters, Jamie Allen, and Michael Keller)


This was the World Premier of an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novelette, ANTHEM, at the Lex Theater in Hollywood, CA, in 1991.

BOOKS BY MICHAEL PAXTON

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life

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THE COMPANION BOOK

Written by Michael Paxton


This is the official companion book to the Oscar® nominated feature-length documentary on author Ayn Rand (THE FOUNTAINHEAD and ATLAS SHRUGGED). This lavish, coffee table-style hard cover book includes the narration script, interviews with Mike Wallace, Phil Donahue and others, vintage photographs and animation drawings from the film. 192 pages, 32 color photographs, 125 halftones.

MouseWorks Classic Storybooks

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CINDERELLA, THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER and THE ARISTOCATS

Adapted by Michael Paxton


These are large, nicely illustrated adaptations of Disney animated features for the Classic Storybook series. Publication date: 1999.

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