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(summary by Jim Senderhauf)
The fuel behind
all my creativity is a thinly-veiled desire to avoid insanity.
Particularly important has been the tradition I subconsciously
devised to survive the holidays: The Christmas movie... By far
the most notable of the videos we have made (there are many others).
Here is a list. I will gladly ship copies to any interested parties
at minimal cost... Simply email us with any requests...
- 1992 The
- My father's favorite.
A badly edited amateur production of Dicken's classic. By far,
the largest cast of any of my endevours. We slammed this thing
together in one cold weekend.
- 1993 The
- An evolution from
some shorter videos in which Jeff and I developed the characters
Art & Aubrey. Short, sweet and sappy with intermittent unexpected
hand injuries and other acts of violence. Great finger breaking
and pinching. A wacky ping pong game and, what later came to
be the 'traditional' Art & Aubrey miracle.
- 1994 The
- This was the year
I became aware that a tradition had begun. It was expected by
friends and family that we would produce some sort of wacky movie.
I was battling perceived expectation and probably planned a little
too hard. Jeff and I had this one edited and in the bucket but
neither of us were happy with it. We gave up. It sucked. Then...
from the ashes we decided to re-shoot parts of it and re-edit.
We did so and salvaged it into what is now a classic. It just
took a walk on the tracks.
- 1995 Petie's
Christmas Poker Party
- My all-time favorite
quintissential Art & Aubrey movie. From start to finish,
this is the one that gives me a headache from laughing so hard.
It has elements of all that is good about Art & Aubrey. Strong
character development and interaction. A sweet, psychotic, hallucinagenic
midwestern slapstick montage that fills whatever hole in the
soul that requires just that sort of thing.
- 1996 Mixed
- Against the background
of the colossal success (in our minds) that was "Petie's"...
combined with whatever personal demon that was eating us that
year, we procrastinated. Knowing that neither of us had the energy
to take on a project the size of the previous year, and yet feeling
bad about it anyway, we put up a backdrop and started doing our
old stand-by 'Variety Show' format. It was filler. Yet... over
time... in conjunction with the fact that I severly burned my
hand on video... Mixed Nuts has also become a classic. It is
- 1997 Michigan
for the previous year's lack of plot, I began to write and plan
in October what became our most intensive project. Special effects,
flashbacks, action scenes and a music video required us to spend
the majority of our weekends in November and December working
on the video. Although it suffers slightly in character development
due to the scope and action, it is clearly our greatest technical
achievement. Michigan Waves is better understood and appreciated
by fans who have viewed at least our 1995 movie as it explains
Art & Aubrey's relationship.
- 1998 The
- The analysis of
what happened in 1998 is a contoversial subject. The facts are:
1) that we had decided to do a group collaboration project involving
a wider range of friends... and that said project got complicated,
postponed and befuddled by the resulting emotional turbulence
and unpredictability caused by the fact that: 2) Jim (I) was
considering jobs that would have taken him (me) out of state
for an unknown period of time. I admit I was in the midst of
some difficult decisions, but maintain that I would have put
the necessary energy into the project to see it to completion
(wussies). Apparently, my best friends were a bit effected by
my potential decision to leave forever. Jeez... They all got
crabby... then, finally, they admitted how much they loved me
and how critical I was to their existence... So I then informed
them that I was staying put.
- (I was never leaving,
I just have an attention seeking disorder. I often pretended
to choke at the dinner table for fun... and once applied loads
of fake blood to my face and crashed my bike into the garage
to evoke a bit of emotion from my dad. My friends are so gullible.
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- 1999 The
- December 13, 1999...
Thanks to generous portions of unemployment, the project is finished
and the copying process has begun. Wow... We haven't even had
the first screening outside of the cast, but expectations are
high. It's way too close to tell if this is as good as some of
us think it is... it all becomes apparent after the first couple
- But how can you
go wrong with a clan of magic secret elf people living in the
woods who are responsible for the Christmas Spirit... who have
to also deal with one of their own becoming possessed by the
tainted spirit of an ancient anti-Christmas, find a cure, chase
him down and perform an old-fashioned Christmas exorcism? I (Jim)
think it's the best we've done... and I finally got to use the
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