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What is an apple box?

An apple box is a rectangular wooden box that serves many general-purpose uses in film production. Apple boxes come in varying sizes, and the largest size is called a full apple box, which is 8 inches tall. Smaller versions of the apple box are the half apple box at 4 inches tall, the quarter apple, which is 2 inches tall, and the pancake, which is 1″ tall.

As the name suggests, apple boxes were originally used to ship apples. However, they soon became popular in film production because of their versatility.

Apple Box Sizes and Dimensions

  • Full Apple = 20″ x 12″ x 8″ (LxWxH)
  • Half Apple = 20″ x 12″ x 4″ (LxWxH)
  • Quarter Apple = 20″ x 12″ x 2″ (LxWxH)
  • Pancake = 20″ x 12″ x 1″ (LxWxH)

Apple Box Uses

Apple boxes are mainly used as multipurpose platforms to raise actors, lights, the camera, or other equipment to different heights. They are also commonly used as makeshift chairs for crew members or even as ad hoc tables or desks.

Because they are made of wood, apple boxes are extremely versatile and can be treated like lumber as they easily accept screws, nails, and other general construction tools and techniques. The uses for an apple box are nearly endless. In short, apple boxes are an essential piece of equipment for any film set.