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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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