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Since founding ThatWasSexy in 2011, I've traveled the world producing exceptional videography and photography in the marching arts and I am capable of delivering customizable videography + photography for any individual / organization.

I will travel anywhere in the world - simply contact me and I'll be there to capture the memories!

My 1st drum corps show was DCI Dallas at Lake Highlands HS in 2008. I was amazed by Phantom Regiment's pit book - as an incoming freshman at Hebron HS, I'd never seen or imagined that such unbelievably fast runs could be played, and so cleanly! For the rest of that historic season, I searched in vain for a decent quality video of Spartacus. I couldn't find one that did the corps justice, so the idea came to immortalize the best talent in DCI the following summer on the Internet. Corps members put in way too much time, energy, and money to not have video to look back on in the future... 

Over the years, I've spent significantly more on gear than I've been able to recoup through Google AdSense on YouTube. In 2013, I toured with the Cavaliers for a month (last week of Spring Training to DCI Minnesota) using a Canon Rebel EOS T4i and then upgraded to a Canon EOS 70D in the Fall. In 2014, I switched from DSLR to Micro Four Thirds system pioneered by the Panasonic GH4, becoming the 1st to share DCI lot videos with the world in full 4K 4096 X 2160 resolution. I didn't care that the majority of viewers wouldn't be able to watch in full quality - I wanted my original files to be future-proof for as long as possible. Then when the Sony A7s was released, which is the most crucial element when shooting video of corps that warm-up after sunset, I jumped on Newegg's 12 month financing to ensure that ThatWasSexyPit continued to push the low-light noise performance standard in marching arts video production.

Thanks to @airfarewatchdog, in Spring 2015 I bought $131 round-trip flights from Dallas to Cleveland , where TJ Ghinder (The Cavaliers, 2011-2013) graciously gave me a ride to the Massillon, Ohio Tour of Champions show and let me crash at his apartment that evening. The next morning, Leezor Baltis (Bluecoats, 2014) was kind enough to give me a ride to Indianapolis on her way back to Bloomington. None of these logistics were planned - I actually landed in Cleveland not knowing how or when I would get to Indianapolis in time for DCI Individual and Ensemble. At I&E on Wednesday morning, a man came up to me and we started talking about the lineup of the contest and why I was filming. When I mentioned that I was Couchsurfing the entire week in Greenwood, IN, a suburb 30 minutes south of Lucas Oil Stadium, he offered to share his hotel room and let me stay with him to be closer to downtown. !!! Unbelievable provision. Turns out he was a Carolina Crown trumpet alum and worked for Microsoft, which really couldn't have been more perfect because I had major technical issues with the 12-Core Intel Xeon processor shoebox computer I had stayed up all night with a friend to build the night before I flew to Cleveland. He helped me install Windows 10, which solved the SSD directory issues that prevented me from editing and uploading as quickly as the turnaround time I wanted - absolute godsend.

I aged-out without having marched Summer 2015. The goal for Summer 2016 is to get hired by corps so that I don't have to go through transportation and lodging uncertainty. Please help me continue to do great work.

Many thanks and as always, thanks for watching!
Jonathan Chen 
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