Squib FX is a team of forward-thinking special effects artists dedicated to making the best air powered squibs on the market. Our rigs are safe, reliable, reusable, intuitive, and fun. We work hard every day to create the best off-the-shelf alternative to expensive and dangerous explosive squibs and unrealistic VFX bullet hits by creating an easy-to-use air powered squib solution. Every squib rig is hand-built by special effects artists in Pittsburgh, PA. Squib FX is proud to call the steel city our home.
Squib FX was founded by special effects artist Steve Tolin in 2008 when he was asked to create live, on-stage bullet hit special effects for Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre's production of the ambitiously bloody “Lieutenant of Inishmore”. The dark Irish comedy demanded four actors and one cat to be shot on stage in front of a live audience. The show required safe, extremely reliable, and consistently beautiful bullet hits to be executed nightly without error. And Squib FX was born. For the past 12 years Steve has tweaked and perfected the rigs, creating thousands of bullet hits on hundreds of projects.
Squib FX is a division of Tolin FX. Tolin FX is an award-winning Special Effects and Specialized Design & Fabrication studio. In serving the film, television, and theatre industries for more than a decade, Tolin FX has earned a reputation for outstanding professionalism, detail-oriented precision, and a passion for creation. From conceptualization to execution, Tolin FX provides superior solutions to your complex creative challenges.
Tolin FX is owned and operated by Steve Tolin. Some of Tolin's most notable film credits include work on Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, Jack Reacher, Warrior, and Adventureland. Tolin recently produced a feature film It Came from Yesterday, for which he and his team created the creature effects and Production Design.
On stage, Tolin's work has been seen internationally. Some of his most marked theatre credits include the world premiere of Stephen King and John Mellencamp's Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA and Sweeney Todd at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Tolin FX has become the go-to effects studio for more than fifteen productions of Martin McDonaugh's The Lt of Inishmore, winning a Joseph Jefferson Award for work on Northlight Theatre's Chicago production in 2009.
Steve is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, a member of IATSE Local 489, and a certified PADI scuba diver. Based in the Steel City of Pittsburgh, PA, Tolin FX utilizes numerous local and national artists and craftsmen to meet the special demands of entertainment businesses and artistic enterprises in the Southwestern Pennsylvania area, across the United States, and world-wide.