6 Life Lessons from the Making of Apple Girl: The Movie

So, what’s the next logical step after loads of photo shoots, a manga book and a guest blog post? A movie, perhaps?  Well, that’s exactly what we thought was Apple Girl’s due.

If you’re New to Apple Girl

Alyssa Skippings created Apple Girl on paper in 2015 alongside her Art Partners mentor Isabell Evans while in their Manga Madness class at Stirling Street Arts Centre.

Textile artist Deborah Campbell was then invited to bring Apple Girl to life.

Because Apple Girl’s a member of the Universal Supergirl’s Club, she featured in ABC Open’s Portraits: In the Club. She then accepted an invitation to be guest blogger on the Art Partners website.  You can read her wildly popular post right here.

It was obvious that a movie was the next logical step in Apple Girl’s skyrocketing fame. Thus, the Art Partners team approached ABC Open Producer Ruslan Kulski, and a deal was struck to make a movie.

As with any new and challenging project, the team learned a lot along the way. We’ve chosen  our top six movie-making tips to share.  We’ve paired them with images by Rob Cox of oxyimages. And, you know what?  Most of the tips are transferable to everyday living.

If you’re not keen on tips, but want to see the movie NOW, here you go:

Be Positive

Being a movie star can be pretty daunting. But, no matter the stresses and strains, try to be positive.  Do your best not to be nervous (easier said than done, we know).  Staying close to loved ones is a great stress buster.  Here’s Alyssa, with Apple Girl in hand, flashing us a reassuring smile.

Alyssa with Apple Girl. Photo by Rob Cox

Alyssa with Apple Girl. Photo by Rob Cox

Choose your Location with Care

Give the choice of your location careful consideration. Apple Girl originated in a Manga Madness class at Stirling Street Arts Centre led by Dee Mosca and Kiri Aroha.  This was therefore the obvious choice for at least part of the movie shoot.  Choosing the ideal location does make things more memorable.

Apple Girl on location. Image by Rob Cox

Apple Girl on location. Image by Rob Cox

Where are your Props?

Try not to lose track of your props. And, if you do, you need to hatch a pretty speedy backup plan.  When we couldn’t locate Alyssa’s original Apple Girl artwork, our backup plan kicked in.  We had access to Carensa Watts’ digital photographs which we had used for a previous blog post.  We shipped the files off to Ann Stephenson at the Disability Services Commission, and she whipped them off her printer. In this photo, the laser prints could almost pass for the original artwork.  Phew! Crisis averted.

Rob Cox's photo of laser prints of Carensa Watts' photos of Alyssa's Apple Girl artwork

Rob Cox’s photo of laser prints of Carensa Watts’ photos of Alyssa’s Apple Girl artwork

Sound is Key

Speaking clearly and being able to hear what people are saying is super important. And, it’s critical in the making of a movie.  Here Isabell supports Alyssa to get her microphone sorted.

Alyssa with Isabell pinning the mic. Photo by Rob Cox

Alyssa with Isabell pinning the mic. Photo by Rob Cox

Get Low, Get Down

If you’re behind the camera, make yourself uncomfortable. Resist the urge to just point and shoot.  Rather, get low or get high.  This will ensure you get interesting and unusual angles for your shot. Here ABC Open Producer Ruslan shows us how it’s done.  As for everyday life, try looking at it from a different angle from time to time and see what gives.

Ruslan seeks the best angle. Photo by Rob Cox

Ruslan seeks the best angle. Photo by Rob Cox

Practice, Practice, Practice

Journalist and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to really master a skill. Even if you don’t have 10,000 hours to perfect the move, any amount of practice will improve the final result.  Our film stars were caught in the act of practicing their Apple Girl spotting maneuver.

Coming Up

Apple Girl has accepted a prestigious invitation to participate in the Tree Street Art Safari coming up in Bunbury on Saturday, April 2. Stay in touch with us to find out where she’ll be on the big day.

Apple Girl visits Tuart St. Image by Rob Cox

Apple Girl visits Tuart St. Image by Rob Cox

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50 thoughts on “6 Life Lessons from the Making of Apple Girl: The Movie

  1. Carensa Watts

    Great to see Alyssa’s Apple girl go from drawings into 3D and now I’m moving image! Such a positive message that she is spreading around. Looking forward to seeing more from Apple girl 😊

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great to hear from you Carensa. And, thanks for your earlier photographic efforts when Apple Girl was just coming to life! The initial post with your photos does compliment this one beautifully. Take care, Love from AP.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks for stopping by Jo. Lovely, as always, to hear from you. Apple Girl has gone from strength to strength. Next guest engagement: Bunbury’s Tree Street Art Safari on April 2!

      Reply
  2. Sue Miller

    Apple Girl is fantastic. I look forward to hearing more from her with her inspiring messages. Thank you Alyssa xxx

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  3. Kiri

    Wow Alyssa you should be so proud of yourself. I am so excited I was there at the beginning and have been able to watch you and Apple Girl go on many adventures! Keep drawing and keep on using that GREAT imagination.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Lovely to hear from you Kiri! And, as you say, it’s great that you’ve been part of Apple Girl from the get go. Great that you’re in the movie saying hello to everyone!

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  4. Ann Stephenson

    Oh wow the film is fantastic! Well done to everyone. Apple Girl looked exceptionally happy to be flying and she is very good at it too. I’m always happy to be a part of the Apple Girl story. She’s my favourite super hero!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great to hear from you Ann. Thanks again for saving the day by printing out those digital files. You might think it was a small thing, but the impact was huge because we didn’t experience a delay with the shooting schedule. Bravo!

      Reply
  5. Roslyn Wilson

    I have finally got to see Apple girl. Amazing – well done Lis. As humble as you are, I hope you are celebrating. You’re truly inspirational and it’s been a pleasure stepping in as your new mentor xxx

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  6. Rob Cox

    A star is born! It’s a privilege to be involved in Apple Girl’s positive, inspirational journey and it seems not even the sky is the limit for her adventures. Looking forward to the next chapter – Rock on Alyssa and Apple Girl!

    Reply
    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great to have you collaborating with us Rob! Thanks so much for coming along to photograph the behind the scenes action which evolved into a terrific blog post with movie embedded! Next chapter: Apple Girls hangs out at the Tree Street Art Safari on April 2! Should be very cool.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Deborah. And, a big shout-out for your participation in this amazing community project. I’ve heard that Apple Girl is looking forward to catching up with you. She’ll see you on April 2 or before!

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  7. helenseiver

    Wow Apple Girl the Movie Star!!! Congratulations Alyssa, Isabell and Ruslan (Deb and Wanda too). The movie is fabulous. Can’t wait to see the next adventure.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Helen. You’ll definitely be seeing more of Apple Girl. In fact, she’s looking forward to seeing you at the Tree Street Art Safari on April 2.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much André. Great to hear from you all the way from central Canada! Here’s a little assistance for our English-language readers: “Wow, a most lovely doll imagined by a beautiful individual who obviously wants to fully enjoy what life has to offer.”

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Well hello there hayleyim! Lovely to hear from you. We hope that one day Apple Girl will go flying by and you’ll have your sighting! Thanks for checking out the post.

      Reply
  8. Louis Ariano

    Great production and wonderful talent. Alyssa: Apple Girl is very original and delightful. Keep up the inspiring work. Louis Ariano

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  9. Johanna ~ Lifestyle Fifty

    Love these life lessons – staying positive is so important, even if you just have to get up and go through the motions of pretending to be positive – in the end, the worst that can happen is that you’ll feel marginally better about life in general and the best – well you could find yourself in a Movie, like Apple Girl!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Well hello there Johanna! Thanks for popping by. We have our fingers crossed that you’ll be coming to Bunbury tomorrow for the Safari and can meet Apple Girl – and maybe Alyssa – in person at Deborah Campbell’s at 4 Karri Street.

      Reply
  10. Janine Cole

    Congratulations to Art Partners for bringing so much to the community. So proud of Alyssa and Apple Girl is clever. Wishing you all a great day tomorrow.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Janine for your good wishes. Yes, we had a great day at the Safari. I suspect that Apple Girl is a touch fatigued from her promotional tour, and all the visitors to the 4 Karri Street studio! I bet that she can’t wait to get home.

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  11. Elizabeth O & Louis Ariano

    A fine presentation of Apple Girl which promotes some basic and valuable tips for healthy living. We enjoyed the photos with the accompanying advice. The video was excellent, inspiring viewing. Elizabeth & Louis Ariano

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Well hello there! It’s great to see that Apple Girl is reaching out across the sea and is inspiring people on another continent! Thanks for staying in touch by way of these encouraging comments.

      Reply

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