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Build Your Own Apple Box

Apple boxes—simple wooden boxes, commonly found around television and film sets—can be used for a variety of purposes on any shoot. They’re also easy to build .

Some common items you might find lying around your home can become indispensable tools when shooting your video. Items such as clothespins [Hack #25] are not only cheap, but highly functional as well. The same holds true for scrap pieces of wood.

Apple boxes are wood boxes that are used for everything from propping up cameras to being used as stepstools, and they are practical workhorses on any shoot. Using some scrap wood, or wood bought from a lumberyard, you can build your own. If you don’t want to build your own apple boxes, they can be purchased from places such as FilmTools (


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