Our mission at FARMHOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY is to create a safe alternative to otherwise very dangerous traditional squibs and special effects. Our goal is to give film, tv, theatre, and live productions a safe, easy and affordable way to create spectacular non-explosive bullet hits and special effects without putting their performers, crew and themselves at risk.
FARMHOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY is a team of forward thinking special effects artists dedicated to designing and building the most innovative and dramatic safety squibs, blood delivery devices and special effects systems in the world. We are based in Pittsburgh, PA and are proud to call the Steel City home. FARMHOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY is run by Steve Tolin and is a division of Tolin FX
We have been in this game for a long time, building our earliest rigs in 2001. They were a little crude but very effective, and over the years we've made many improvements and have finely tuned our designs for reliability and dramatic effect. We are bullet hit and blood slinging specialists.
Our rigs are sold and used worldwide from Peruvian theatre, to Canadian indie films to immursive performance in Russia. We are focused on building creative partnerships with filmmakers and artists the world over. We have distributors in Australia, UK, Canada, LA, Nashville and Pittsburgh
We are constantly striving for new ways to improve our products and better serve the needs of our customers. We are tirelessly working on designs for new rigs and are excited to be constantly advancing this technology. It is our goal to always remain on the leading edge of this industry.
Our bullet hit rigs and blood delivery systems have been seen all over the world in film, on stage, and in live immersive performances to create stunning squib blood effects, spraying & squirting blood, and (non-explosive) exploding heads.
Here are just a few places that you can see our rigs at work:
16 Productions of The Lieutenant of Inishmore, featuring:
Other awesome shows including:
First it should be known that squibs and bullet hits are not neccessarily the same thing. Bullet hit, blood squib, air squib, safety squib and squib are all terms that are used synonymously to generally describe special effects which create the illusion of someone or something being shot. The actual definition of a squib is "a small explosive device, detonated using an electrical charge". Most squibs are considered high explosives, and must be licensed in the USA with the BATF and state authorities for the right to use, transport or store them.
Traditionally gunshot wounds and other bullet hit effects have been achieved using squibs, which we all now know are high explosives! This means that for 60 years filmmakers and special effects artists have attached high explosives onto human beings as the primary method of achieving a bullet hit. This is obviously a horrible idea, being super dangerous even in the most professional special effects artists' hands, not to mention very expensive (not to say that you can't get cheap squibs, but cheap squibs are even more dangerous).
Safety squibs or non-explosive bullet hits are devices and systems that use air to create the effect of being shot instead of high explosives. FARMHOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY rigs are safe, easy to use, require no licenses or special permits saving time and money, are quick to setup and reset, and can be reused hundreds of times. And most of our rigs cost less than you would pay for one squib on one day of shooting.
Using air to drive a bullet hit rig system has a number of advantages over using explosives.
FARMHOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY 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.Click here to visit Tolin FX's official website.
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