October 5th, 2020 marks Jon’s 23rd year in business as Cine-Cermin Productions, Inc., and April 8th, 2020 marked his 32nd year working professionally as a Director of Photography (DP). He began his professional career as a D.P and “one-man band” at FlightSafety International’s Center for Instructional Services writing, shooting and editing aviation training videos for aircraft manufacturers and the U.S. military. After almost three years at FlightSafety, he was hired away by AMS Productions to start their production department. Seven years and hundreds of corporate, agency and broadcast shoots later, he left AMS Productions to start Cine-Cermin Productions, Inc.
Jon enjoys a career that has afforded him many opportunities to go places, see things and meet interesting people. He’s worked for most broadcast and cable companies, including CBS, NBC, Fox News, Fox Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, BBC, Disney, Showtime, Animal Planet, A & E, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, PBS, Fine Living Network, HGTV, the Travel Channel and SAT-1 (German TV).
He’s shot from bridges, cranes, trains, cars, helicopters, boats, military vehicles, go carts, an elephant, small planes, the wing of an F-16 (it was not moving) and a NASCAR car (it was moving at 160 mph).
Specialty experience includes using the Stanton Jimmy Jib (he was until recently an owner/operator), the Schwem Gyrozoom (an owner/operator) for shooting out of helicopters, boats, or other moving vehicles, aerial work with a Tyler Nose Mount, Green/blue screen work, miniature shooting with the Innovision Probe Lens, and rigging vehicle mounts.
He’s had the opportunity to record many interesting things, including how Skittles and Snickers Bars (Mars Company) are made, how a heart defibrillator works (American Heart Association), how a micro-chip is made (from sand to the finished chip for Texas Instruments), how to make most Pizza Hut pizzas (Yum Brands), how to select a correct-fitting (Olga) bra and how to shoot a Stinger Missile (U.S. Army Air Defense).
One of his major subject-matter specialties is shooting surgeries. He’s taped surgeries for all kinds of medical implants, from toe, ankle and knee joints (Osteomed, DePuy,) to urinary, cardio, neuro, brain and gastric stimulators (Medtronic). He can’t count the number of cleft-lip surgeries he’s covered in Third World Countries (Belize, Liberia, India, Laos, Ecuador, Haiti and the Dominican Republic). In his history he’s also seen two patients “code” (cardiac arrest) on the operating room table. Sadly, only one is still alive and well today.
Jon’s travels have taken him to all 50 U.S. states and 16 foreign countries. Memorable locations include the World Trade Center Ground Zero, the Oklahoma Federal Building a day after its attack, an orphanage in Damoh, India and the Phoebe Christian Hospital in central Liberia, Africa. He’s been on stage with Toby Keith and Ted Nugent with the USO in Kosovo, Italy and Germany, and was invited to the stage, along with his wife and one-year old daughter Hayley, for Ross Perot’s presidential race concession speech in 1996 (Hayley was in commercials he shot for Perot’s 1996 campaign.)
Jon has shot spots for a U.S. Presidential candidate, State Governors and U.S. Congressional candidates. He’s also taped countless interviews of sports figures and legends, recording artists, movie stars, Muppets and astronauts. See how many you can spot in his demo reels.
Inspiring stories he’s covered include survivor stories from the 9/11 Trade Center attack one month and then again, a year after the 9/11 attack, WWII Army Air Corps veteran’s stories, and the many shots of Third World moms as they received their children from the Christian Missionary doctors after their cleft lip repair. These shoots are what make his job relevant and meaningful. It has been a great 30+ years, and he looks forward to whatever the future holds..
For a brief glimpse of Jon’s past 30+ years of professional photography, feel free to browse the CCPI scrapbook.