Daniel Trinter talks about one of the handiest tools to have on set, the humble applebox.
Appleboxes are used on set in almost every production.
Just as big as a must as gaffers tape, their versatility on set makes them a key component to any grip department. They can be used to stand on, sit on, prop things up, level things, or even be pained green and used in green screen shoots. A full applebox is equal to two 1/2 apples, four 1/4 apples, and 1/8 apples, also know as pancakes. One set set usually will cost over $100, but they are fairly easy and cheap to make yourself.
- Full: 20″×12″×8″
- Half: 20″×12″×4″
- Quarter: 20″×12″×2″
- Pancake: 20″×12″×1″
Appleboxes on Set
One of our favorite pieces of equipment, that we never want to forget when we go on a shoot is the applebox. With this simple piece of equipment, we can pretty drastically change or shot composition without changing our setup. Let’s take a look at Daniel and see the applebox in use.
As you see from the image to the on the below, there is something wrong with the shot. Behind Daniel, you can see outlets, cords, and things we just do not want in our shot. We can eliminate all of of this with just the applebox.