Squib FX rigs are air powered devices that create the illusion of a gunshot impact. They can be worn on the body of a performer to create a gunshot wound or disguised on a set to create an environmental bullet hit. Our rigs can be used for film & TV as well as live performance.
Squib FX rigs are:
Squib FX rigs are basically a hybrid of a squirt gun and a spud gun. The simple mechanics involve using air to push a load of blood or debris out of a barrel. The air is released with a trigger, activated by a performer or technician nearby.
Squib FX rigs are comprised of 4 basic parts:
Squib FX is a team of forward thinking special effects artists dedicated to designing and building the most innovative and dramatic air powered squibs in the world. We are based in Pittsburgh, PA and are proud to call the Steel City home. Squib FX is a division of Tolin FX
Learn how to use our squib rigs, how to make fake blood, and see some of the cool work we've done!
Squib FX rigs are handcrafted by artists in the steel city- Pittsburgh, PA
Last weekend, Squib FX founder and inventor Steve Tolin was honored with an award from Steeltown Entertainment. Called the Elly Impact Award, it was awarded to celebrate the impact that Steve's company Tolin FX has on the Pittsburgh film community. Of course a large part of the foundation that Tolin FX stands on is our blood work and squib rigs that we sell at Squib FX. We are really proud to be...More
The next (and in hindsight, quite obvious) step for our blood squibs was on the stage. I got my first theatre bloodslinger gig as one get most jobs, standing around having a break and talking to a bunch of other artists. A theatre friend Eric Linegar was lighting a show called The Pillowman and they needed a character to be shot live on stage. He knew me as a puppet maker mostly, but knew I...More
A very interesting article about the use of squibs on set appeared recently in the LA Times. You can read the full article here. We at Squib FX have always known that there are many advantages to using our air powered squibs rather than traditional explosive squibs. Our squibs are more economic, easier to use, adjustable, and do not require special licenses or permits as old methods do. But...More