Jon “Cisco” Cermin began his professional career in 1988 as a Director of Photography and “one-man band” at FlightSafety International’s Center for Instructional Services (FSI CIS) in Irving, Texas. At FSI CIS he wrote, shot and edited aviation linear and non-linear training videos for corporate and military aircraft manufacturers (having a private pilot license helped secure the job). After almost three years at FSI CIS, he was hired away by AMS Production Group in Dallas, Texas, to start their Production Department. After seven years and hundreds of ENG, EFP and studio shoots for broadcast, corporate and agency clients, he left AMS Production Group to start Cine-Cermin Productions, Inc., a full-service media production company.
Cisco enjoys a 30-year career that has afforded him many opportunities to go places, see things and meet interesting people. His business travels have taken him to all 50 U.S. States and 19 foreign countries.
He’s worked for most broadcast and cable companies, and he’s shot from bridges, cranes, trains, cars, helicopters, ships, sailboats, military vehicles, an elephant, small planes, the wing of a Lockheed F-16 Falcon fighter jet (it was not moving) and a NASCAR race car (it was moving at 160 mph). He is also a licensed drone pilot. His expertise includes, jibs, dollies, drones, car mounts, miniatures and green screen.
Cisco has filmed and taped countless interviews and commercials for senators, congressmen, a presidential candidate, sports figures, recording artists, movie stars, astronauts, puppets and just regular people. He has won numerous awards over his career and has earned five Telly Awards for his camera work since 2004.
He has previously taught video and audio production for two quarters at the Minnesota School of Business Digital Video School, and a drone class at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul.
Cisco has had a very blessed career and is very much looking forward to this opportunity to assist in teaching tomorrow’s Christian communicators, using, in part, real world examples from his extensive media production experiences.