HERE IT IS! THE UPTOWN GIRL-THE MOVIE DVD!
The Uptown Girl DVD is available at local stores but also available at the Smallpress Swapmeet.
The dvd includes the movie, plus bonus features, including:
Excerpts from Auditions
Commentaries by Bob Lipski and Ben Mudek
Commentaries by the cast
Delted Scenes & one alternate shot
Outtakes and actor screw-ups
Behind the scenes footage
Original art used for animation
In the autumn of 2004, Ben Mudek, a local filmmaker approached me about making a short film based on my comic. Originally going to be an adaptation of issue 17, the movie was eventually a film version of issues 4 and 9. Ben wrote a script based on the two issues, but also threw in elements of other stories as well. Auditions followed in the spring of 2005 and filming began a few weeks later.
The filming took place around various parts of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, as well as surrounding areas. Although the film was live action, there was animation in it as well, done by Monkey With a Moustache Entertainment. The film made it’s debut at Fallcon, Minnesota’s largest comic convention in October of 2005.
The film was shown publicly several times, including the Bryant Lake Bowl’s independent film festival, the Rochester public library, as well as the DVD release party, which was held on November 16th, with live music by Chris Barber 3, Guitarzan vs. Basszilla featuring Drumasaurus Rex, and the Hundredth Monkey (who did the music for the film).
'The Uptown Girl Movie' remains one of the highlights of my life. I got to meet some incredible people, including skilled technicians and talented actors and develop friendships.
Working with Ben was a great experience, and never in all my dreams did I expect a live action movie based on the comic!
Below are pictures of the filming and other events.
UPTOWN GIRL CAST AND CREW LIST
PRODUCTION PHOTOS - 04/17/2005
The Uptown Girl movie had it's first day of filming on Sunday April 17th. Almost the entire cast was there, with the exception of Trash and Trampoline. This scene takes place at Clubland, a popular nightclub that Uptown Girl visits. It was filmed at The Whole, a small club on the University of Minnesota campus.
It was the first time I had met the actors, and they all did an awesome job. It was such a thrill to see this!
SCREEN CAPTURES - 07/27/2005
When it came time to prepare the DVD release, the actors were called back for a photoshoot for the cover.