As one of the most ubiquitous and useful pieces of equipment on a film set, apple boxes are used for anything that needs to be propped up or supported temporarily. They can be used to prop up furniture and light stands, for leveling camera dolly track, or to provide temporary seats, workbenches, or stepladders.
Often the need arises to make an actor appear taller, either because of their height, or to fit with the composition of a particular shot. In this use apple boxes are jokingly referred to as "man makers".
Apple boxes were originally used for storage. They would have a forward opening in the box and it could be used as a double storage device for small necessary things.
The largest box does not have a standard size - it is slightly enlarged and open so that you can hide in the three remaining boxes included in the set, thus saving space.
The door of the largest box is sliding (without any hinges that could be damaged). Two strong neodymium magnets prevent from accidental opening
1 Set contains:
1 x Full Nested Apple Box
Size: 8" x 21.25" x 13" (20 cm x 54 cm x 33 cm)
Weight: 12.1 lbs (5.5kg)
1 x Half Apple Box
Size: 4" x 20" x 12" (10 cm x 51 cm x 30,5 cm)
Weight: 7.9lbs (3.6kg)
1 x Quartz Apple Box
Size: 2" x 20" x 12" (5 cm x 51 cm x 30,5 cm)
Weight: 6.4lbs (3kg)
1 x Eight (Pancake) Apple Box
Size: 1" x 20" x 12" (2.4 cm x 51 cm x 30,5 cm)
Weight: 4.4 lbs (2kg)
Total weight for full set: 31 lbs (14kg)
All boxes are made of waterproof 12mm birch/pine plywood (24mm for Pancake). This type of material is a perfect compromise between strength and weight. All the facets are glued together with waterproof adhesive, additionally reinforced with 35mm stainless steel screws. The outer layers are sanded and oiled, thus providing extra protection coating against moisture.
This optimal standard set allows placement of any stack heights from 1" to 27" with an accuracy of 1 inch.