When you think of an Apple Box, well you think of a box . . . full of Apples! But in terms of grip equipment, Apple Boxes are wooden boxes fashioned after wooden apple crates used in film production. They are used to prop up furniture, light stands, to give people a boost in height, and even to level out dolly track on uneven ground. They are also excellent as a portable place to sit, a temporary staircase, or a makeshift workbench.
Standard Apple Boxes as you see in the image above come in the following sizes:
- Eighth – 12 x 20 x 1″ – The Eighth Apple Box is also known as a “pancake” because it’s flat like a pancake!
- Quarter – 12 x 20 x 2″
- Half – 12 x 20 x 4″
- Full – 12 x 20 x 8″
There is a logic between the sizes. 2 Eighth’s equal a Quarter and two Quarters equal a Half, etc.
There are also Mini Apple Boxes available that are half as long as their standard counterparts.
- Eighth Mini – 12 x 10 x 1″
- Quarter Mini – 12 x 10 x 2″
- Half Mini – 12 x 10 x 4″
- Eighth Mini – 12 x 10 x 8″
Apple Boxes are super strong and you’ll see some vintage ones around that are decades old and the stories they can tell would be as varied as the scripts for the productions in which they are used.