Fat Toad Films is a production company based in Edinburgh, Scotland, run by lighting camera operator Patrick Steel, with a focus on engaging, narrative-driven films.

Our services

According to your needs, we can either provide end-to-end production, from script to screen, or simply supply a camera operator, producer, or editor. We can also provide aerial film and photography. Our drone pilot is fully qualified with Permission for Commercial Operation from the CAA. We quite often work white label for other production companies.

Fat Toad Films uses 4K broadcast-quality Sony FS7 and Panasonic GH5 cameras, Phantom 4 Pro+ drone, and can supply a range of lighting and backgrounds, including green screen. We can also shoot 360 films with the Insta360 Pro.

Our editing suite is equipped with the latest Mac Pro running Adobe Creative Suite with Premiere Pro CC. We use Adobe After Effects for motion graphics work and DaVinci Resolve for colour grading.

Our purpose

Create engaging narrative-driven films at an affordable price.

Our values

  • Be honest and transparent
  • Always try to deliver above and beyond the brief

Why Fat Toad Films?

The name, and our branding – designed by Luciane Pisane at Design Studio Moe – was inspired by the eye of the toad, which, unlike a human eye, doesn’t have involuntary saccadic motion. Instead, the toad manoeuvres itself in order to focus on its prey, rather like a camera operator and their subject.

Header image (c) Jacob Forsyth-Davies