Boutique post-production shop WAX bolsters its talent roster by promoting longtime staff member Drew Balke to Editor.
For five years, Balke has brought an eye for composition and mastery of narrative structure to a wide range of commercial productions while honoring the project’s overall vision and infusing his own creative style. He originally joined the shop as it was getting off the ground, drawn to WAX’s commitment to quality and ability to help him spread his filmmaking wings. “WAX is an incredibly versatile company with a contagious energy that stays ahead of the curve in a time of rising digital content,” Balke explains. “When I first came on board, I was welcomed into a tight-knit and open-minded team working around the clock. It was the perfect fit.”
Since joining WAX, the newly appointed Editor’s career has taken him behind-the-scenes with some of the world’s leading brands. He has worked on projects for Wrangler ICON’s “Fall Winter 2019” Collection, Under Armour’s “Project Rock” campaign featuring three-time Olympic medalist skier Lindsey Vonn, Peloton Tread’s “Uncharted” spot directed by Academy Award winner Wally Pfister as well as working on Hennessy’s “Major” campaign, which garnered an AICP award for editing in 2019. Attune to the demands of this ever-changing industry, Balke challenges himself to approach every narrative with fresh tools and techniques.
The move not only reflects the shop’s goal of promoting from within and fostering talent across disciplines but also its ongoing mission of creating a home for emerging visual storytellers to not only refine their art and craft, but also grow into trusted and valuable members of the WAX family. “It’s an honor and achievement when brands and organizations alike trust me to tell their story. So much work goes into writing, producing, directing, and shooting every project. I take that very seriously.”
According to WAX Founder and Executive Producer Toni Lipari, “It’s been so exciting watching Drew navigate his career, he has grown tremendously over the past few years and has really pushed himself to find his creative voice. His raw talent, ambition and drive prove that he has what it takes to be a great editor. We’re very excited to see him continue to grow here at WAX.”
WAX is a boutique post-production shop with offices in New York and Boston. In a short time, WAX has built a reputation as a prominent editorial company with integrated VFX, telecine/finishing and live-action production. WAX has collaborated with top talent from the international advertising industry, including agencies such as Droga5, CP+B, TBWA\Chiat\Day, BBDO, BBH, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, and Olgivy. The editors from WAX have worked alongside noted Directors such as Los Perez, David Shane, Lance Acord, Director X, Henry-Alex Rubin. WAX is minority owned and WBENC certified.