After C-stands, apple boxes are probably used more often and in more different ways than any other item on a film set. These simple wooden boxes (see figure 43-1) are sturdy enough to be used as a platform for standing and sitting, a mount for a camera, a stand for elevating items, and so on. A set of apple boxes can take up a fair amount of space on the grip truck, but they prove their usefulness again and again.
As you can see in figure 43-1, there are four different standard sizes of apple box: full apple (8″×12″× 20″), half apple (4″× 12″× 20″), quarter apple (2″× 12″× 20″), and pancake (1″× 12″×20″). The full apple ...