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. Full apple (also referred to as just an "apple box") 20"×12"×8" Half apple 20"×12"×4" Quarter apple 20"×12"×2" Pancake (eighth apple) 20"×12"×1" Often when a grip is placing an apple box others are lifting something heavy to put on top of it, thus arose the need for terms describing what position the apple box should be placed in (i.e., which side of the apple box should be placed face-down). It is rare that these terms are used for anything other than the "full apple" size. New York: Positioned so the apple box is tallest, like the tall buildings in New York, 20" high. Texas/Chicago: Positioned so the apple box is resting on its longest narrow side, 12" high. LA: Positioned so the apple box is flattest, 8" high.