February 10, 2017

This Box Will Definitely Come in Handy During a Camera Equipment Emergency

For all of you who have ever said, "I'm screwed" on set, this is for you.

We've all been in that frustrating situation: Your production is at a standstill, and not because you don't have a your major item, like a camera, tripod, batteries, and mics, but because all you need is one measly screw. Something as seemingly unimportant as a screw can often be overlooked while trying to procure all the necessary gear you'll need on set, but Jay P. Morgan of the Slanted Lens is here to show you one way to give this hardware its own place so they're well-organized, well-stocked, and ready when it comes time to shoot.

This isn't a new idea by any means—plenty of you probably have a box full of screws and other odds and ends that come in handy on set. However, for those who may have never had to deal with a missing or broken screw, this video may be your wake-up call.

Morgan stocks his box with 1/4″-20 screws (because that's the type of screw used on almost everything, like tripods, mounts, etc.) of pretty much every length, handle, and end you can think of. He even keeps a couple of 1/4"-20 furniture glides on hand, because the end serves as a great handle. He also keeps another box on hand with varying supplies, including a tap and die set, which allows him to create 1/4"-20 screw threads whenever he needs to.

If you're a one-man-band or working on a small production, maybe you don't need an entire box dedicated to screws—but you never know! It's always better to be prepared.      

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thanks. hex screws are good , supposedly the threads won't break as much over long use, compared to screw driver ones when screwing/unscrewing .

February 17, 2017 at 10:55PM


Your "Hex Head" screw is actually called a Socket Head Cap Screw. An actual Hex Head screw has a hex on the outside of the head (for an open end or socket wrench), not the inside. And the L-shaped wrench should not be called an Allen wrench (although most people do). "Allen" is a manufacturer and a trade name. If you want to be politically correct, call it by its generic name, "Hex Key". The Socket head Cap Screws are typically the strongest you can buy and are often made of alloy or stainless steel.

February 22, 2017 at 10:15PM, Edited February 22, 10:15PM

Joseph Lippencott
Instrument Designer/Fabricator