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Hack 8. Build Your Own Apple Box

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Theresultingfullappleboxshouldmeasure8incheshigh,12incheswide,and

20incheslong.Youcouldalsobuildsmallerhalf(4incheshigh),quarter(2

incheshigh),andeighthapple(1inchhigh)sizes.Figure1-9showspiecesof

scrapwood,cuttosizeforafullappleboxandplacedtogethertocheckthe

dimensions.

Figure1-9.Checkingthepiecestoensureaproperfit



Inadditiontothewood,youwillalsoneedsomenailsorscrews,alongwitha

hammerorscrewdriver.Ifyouhaveaccesstootherwoodshoptools,andare

comfortableusingthem,youcanusethemasyouseefit.

Althoughit'snotnecessary,havingadrillwillhelpyoutocreatehandlesinthe

sidesofthebox.Tocreateahandle,drilltwoholesinthecenterofthe7"x11"

pieces,withtheholesabout3inchesapart.Thensawacross,fromoneholeto

another,andpunchoutthebridge.Figure1-10showsaholebeingdrilledinone

ofthe7"x11"piecesinordertocreateahandle.

Figure1-10.Drillinghandles



Ifyouplanonusingtheboxesheavilyandafterneedingoneonce,you'll

probablyneverwanttobewithoutthemIrecommendyouusehigher-quality

wood.



1.9.2.BuildingtheAppleBox

Afteryou'vegatheredyoursupplies,youneedtoassembleyourbox.Youmight

wanttousesomewoodglueontheedgesofyourpieces.Thegluewillhelpkeep

thepiecesinplace,priortonailingorscrewingthemtogether.

Toassemblethebox,placea12"x20"pieceasthebase.Then,placethe7"x

20"piecesoneachside,sothatthe20-inchlengthslineup,andthe7"x11"

piecesontheends.Finally,placethesecond12"x20"pieceontopandnailor

screwthepiecestogether,toensuretheboxdoesn'tfallapart.Figure1-11shows

acompletedfullapplebox.

Figure1-11.Onefullapplebox,readyforduty



Whenyouarefinished,filedownanysharpedgesandcleanofftheremnantsof

anyglue,ifnecessary.



1.9.3.UsingtheAppleBox

Therearenorulestohowyoushoulduseappleboxes,sohowyouusethemis

uptoyou.Youcanstandonthem,usethemtopropupitems,usethemassmall

tablesorchairs,andevenstapleornailitemstothem.I'veseenpeopleruncable

throughthehandles,andevenplacegreenfabricoveronestoodonendtomake

items"float"infrontofagreenscreen[Hack#22].

Ultimately,youshouldabusethemforwhateverpurposeyouneed.



Hack9.MakeYourOwnSlate



Usingasmalldry-eraseboard,youcankeeptrackofyourfootagevisually.

Aslateisarecordofinformationthatisvisuallyrecordedontovideo.Inthe

physicalsense,aslateisusuallyaplasticorwoodenboardwithareasmarkedoff

forsomeone(usuallyacameraassistant)towrite.Whenshootingonfilm,the

slatewilloftenhaveasmallmovingplankontopofittomakeaclacksoundand

issometimesreferredtoasaclapboard.



Clapboardsareusedsotheaudioandfilmimagescanbe

synchronized.Filmcapturesonlyanimage,sotheaudioisrecorded

separately.Whenyouarewatchingtheimage,youcanvisuallyseethe

plankhittheslate,whichindicateswheretheclacksoundshouldbe

heard.Whenyousynchronizethesoundoftheclackandtheimageof

theplankhitting,theaudioandfilmimagesare"insync."



Thereasontouseaslateissimple.Whenyouarewatchingfootage,itishelpful

toknowwhatyouarewatching.Forexample,ifyouweretopickupavideotape,

placeitinadeck,andpressthePlaybutton,itwouldbehelpfulifsomething

weretoappearonscreentoinformyouwhatyouwereabouttowatch.Thisis

whymoviesandtelevisionshowshaveopeningtitlesequencesandwhyyour

rawfootageshouldhaveaslateaswell.



1.10.1.GatheringMaterials

Thereareacoupleofwaystomakeyourownslate.

1.10.1.1.Usinghouseholdsupplies



Ifyou'relookingtobecraftyandsaveasmuchmoneyasyoucan(maybetofeed

yourcrew?),youcanuseafewcommonhouseholditems:

Onesmallpieceofcardboard(around8"x11")

Oneblackmarker

Onerollofwaxpaper

Onerolloftape

Youwillusethepentodrawsectionsontothecardboard,almostlikecreatinga

grid.Thesesectionswillneedtobelabeledappropriately(asnotedlater).After

creatingandlabelingyoursections,coverthecardboardwiththewaxpaperand

thentapeitsothatitistaut.Thewaxpapershouldbetightenoughagainstthe

cardboardsoyoucanseethesectionsthroughit.

Whenusingwaxpaper,youmightdiscoverthatbothdry-eraseandpermanentinkmarkerscanbeused,andwipedoff.However,thelongertheinksitsonthe

paper,theharderitistowipeoff.

1.10.1.2.Usingpurchasedsupplies

Ifyou'rewillingtospendalittlemoneytomakeyourslate,youwillneedthese

items:

Onesmallwhiteboard(officesupplystore;$5$10)

Onerollof1/4-inchblackelectricaltape(homeimprovementstore;$1$3)

Onepairofscissors

Youwillneedtocuttheblacktapeintoafewstripsofthelengthandwidthof

yourwhiteboard.Forexample,ifyouhavean8"x11"whiteboard,youshould

cutpieceoftapein8-inchand11-inchlengths.Youwillbeusingthestripsto

sectionoffareasonthewhiteboard.Figure1-12showstheitemsrequiredto

makeyourownslate.



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