Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: How to Make an Apple Box!

Today’s build is all about the humble Apple Box, the ubiquitous piece of production gear found on almost every television and film set. Adam shares some of the lessons he’s learned from his decades of experience working on production sets, and walks through the step by step process of making a standard 20x12x8″ apple box from scratch. This is the kind of project that makes a wonderful gift for the aspiring filmmaker in your life!

C-Stand with Arm:
Grip head:
Super clamp:
Cardelini clamp:
C-47 clothespins:

Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Norman Chan

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3 thoughts on “Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: How to Make an Apple Box!

  1. Hi, Adam.

    I spent thirty years making “industrial films,” and your discourse on the filmmaking “tinkertoy” set was a trip down memory lane. Thank you.

    As far as I know, the “C-stand” is short for “Century stand,” from its original maker, Century Lighting in New York City. I don’t think Century is still around, but a couple of different companies make C-stands now, including Matthews and Lowell.

    I really enjoy your videos on Tested. Many thanks.

    Bill Doorley
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    1. Yup, century stand is what I was told in my brief stint in film school before moving onto other things. Although, the instructors did also admit the C-shaped legs was a common understanding as well. I suppose its one of those things that has a few origin stories.

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