Apple Box

A solid wooden box that comes in standard sizes (from largest to smallest): full, half, quarter, pancake.


A clothespin, typically used for affixing gels to lights. At times this tool is used to break up the monotony of a boring set by seeing how many C-47’s you can affix to the back of someone’s shirt before they notice. FYI, not a good idea for beginners to do to the seasoned crew.


Metal equipment stand, primarily used by the lighting department for positioning light modifiers such as silks, nets, flags, or reflectors. Its proper name is Century Stand.

Camera Car

A special vehicle customized with mounts to support different equipment and camera(s) used to film moving and driving shots.

Camera Dolly / Dolly

A wheeled cart with a camera mounted on it to create smooth horizontal camera movements.


Abbreviation for communications. Typically used when referring to walkie-talkies and radio communications equipment. See Walkie-Talkies. Insider lingo.

Cube Truck / Production Cube

A chassis cab truck with an enclosed cuboid-shaped cargo area. On most box trucks, the cabin is separate from the cargo area, however, some box trucks have a door between the cabin and the cargo area. The difference between a box truck and a van is that the cargo van is a one-piece, while a box truck is created by adding a cargo box to a chassis cab.