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Drew H.

Bangkok, Thailand1 review

$200 - $500 / Day

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Top Services

  • News Shooter / Video Journalist

    1 review
  • Documentary DP

  • Creative Director

Equipment

Video

  • 4K video camera
  • GoPro or equivalent

Audio

  • Wireless lavalier mic
  • Shotgun mic

Miscellaneous

  • Shoulder rig

About Drew

Drew Henkels is a hard-traveled multimedia storyteller with a serious soft spot for humans. His work has been has been heralded by the likes of Academy Award nominated director Sam Green (The Weather Underground) and legendary Fugazi drummer/filmmaker Brendan Canty for its empathic charm and ability to conjure a youthful sense of wide-eyed wonder for the world around us in even the most hardened viewer. Clients Include National Geographic, Discovery Asia, GE, Durex SE Asia, Nike, Narratively, Huffington Post, and Yahoo News. Portfolio: www.DrewHenkels.com Currently based in: Bangkok, Thailand.

Top Projects

  • Thai Sports Day Will Blow Your Mind

    • Documentary DP
    • News Shooter / Video Journalist
    • Creative Director
    • Music Composer
    • Digital Content Creator

    Ah marching bands. If you're from the West, you may associate them with nerdy uniforms, bullying... but not in Thailand, where entire schools perform elaborate dances to their songs. -Drew Henkels April 5, 2020

  • Thai Kids Are Alright

    • Documentary DP
    • News Shooter / Video Journalist
    • Creative Director
    • Digital Content Creator

    In "the land of smiles", surgical masks slung from ear to ear provide a thin curtain veiling the true expressions on the faces of Thai citizens. In a monarchy where anything short of total adoration of the royal family is considered abominable, one mask has ironically replaced another, providing a solemn, subtle sense of collective relief for those less than fanatical about the new reigning king. On a dock of the Chao Phraya river, only kilometers from Old City where grim photos of bodies laid sprawled on the streets have been cropping up on social media, 37 year-old Yuvol Schwok has only one thing on his mind: building. The more the world falls apart, the more scraps he has at his disposal. And both are happening in a competing blur. His first project was The Overstay, perhaps Bangkok's most infamous hostel, and legendary punk rock hangout. Next he built a boat, retrofitting an old barge with salvaged lumber. Today he is drilling the last bits of Masonite onto a half pipe, which he will hoist onto the deck of his vessel only hours before skaters from around the country will descend upon his makeshift floating skate park to compete in a best trick competition. As the sun sets, I scurry on deck just as the boat is pushing off, literally leaping over the growing gap of water with camera in one hand and the other clutched in the meaty paw of a crewman, who swings me on board with his tree trunk sized arm like a baby monkey. I arrive to find around 75, otherwise cool conscious full grown adults, acting like kids who had totally lost their minds over the excitement of having a floating skate park as their personal playground. It was as if even the most cynical among us were Cinderellas for the night, and this was the pumpkin carriage. Maybe it was the 'magic' balloons on tap, or the fumes spewing from the diesel engine, but with the twilight cityscape bobbing along as a backdrop, I'd venture to say that what I witnessed that night was nothing short of the spirit of Thai youth incarnate. Skateboarding is simultaneously about destroying and creating. You destroy concrete ledges and rails, you destroy your own body, but you create new lines, entirely new ways of seeing and interacting with the otherwise static and lifeless objects of our mundane surroundings. On this night, the world had already been destroyed. It only took a few to push off, drop in, and create a new one, if only for a few blissful hours. -Drew Henkels March 22, 2021

  • Thailand’s Buddhist Monks Become Political Activists

    • News Shooter / Video Journalist

    During the latest anti-government protests in Thailand, Buddhist monks have taken to streets in larger number than at any other time in the country’s history. Watch as we meet and follow monks who openly break rank to become political activists in an attempt to influence the outcome of this crisis.

    Storyhunter Studios

    Produced for Storyhunter Studios on Storyhunter

    February 2014

  • Bangkok's Real-Life Iron Man

    • Documentary DP

    Some grow out of metal, others grow into it. At the Grand Palace end of Khaosan Road, where the old clashes with new like lava hitting the ocean, smoke and flames rise from a circle of food carts, providing the perfect stage for this howling hungry ghost. Forced out onto the street due to Covid closing the pub where he normally earns his living, this rock hard rock-n-roll time machine has taken his show on the road (literally). Take one look at this Iron Man's leathered face, hairspray-fried hair, guitar claw hands, and you'll see that metal runs deep in his veins. Cursed or blessed, souls like these are unique. Music is not only their livelihood, but their literal life... their entire identity. You can spot them from a mile away. The beat is in their heart, and if it were to stop, you could imagine them suddenly clenching at their chest and falling over dead on the 'stage' (aka wherever they happen to be standing at any given moment). With Covid, we are all ships floating with no anchor. Maybe we all just need a little more heavy metal in our lives, like this guy?"

  • Is America's Best Behind Us? on Vimeo

All Services

Pre-Production

  • Creative Director

Production Support

  • Portrait Photographer
  • Gaffer
  • Digital Content Creator
  • Documentary DP
  • News Shooter / Video Journalist

Post-Production

  • Music Composer
  • Sound Mixer

Drew 's Clients

  • Storyhunter Studios
  • Flying Hand Collective (Self-Produced)
  • Flying Hand Collective

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