In large part because of the Syfy series, opportunities opened for Ben to guest appear and produce on other TV shows. Ben was also invited to participate as a spokesperson for various commercial products. One of these offers came from Night Optics USA, a Bushnell company that specializes in manufacturing night vision and thermal camera equipment. Doc and Ben saw a need for better adaptation of night vision for professional and amateur filming. As many good businesses start, they decided to form a company centered on what they already loved doing. In 2012, an LLC – which later became Hypocenter Productions – was formed with Doc as the CEO and Ben as the President. The subsidiary Night Vision Ops was then created as an online retail store, specializing in night vision solutions for the TV and film industry.
In 2015, Hypocenter began handling the production of commercials and promotional video for PrepperCon, the nation’s largest disaster preparedness and survival expo. The annual event integrates Comic Con types of elements through the creation of high energy attractions, including a hurricane simulator capable of generating 142 mph winds. Hypocenter operates the simulator and produces the world’s first and only prepper fashion show called PrepperFash. Due to the prominence of the expo, U.S. and international TV productions frequently reach out to Hypocenter for help in acquiring survival experts, training, and locations such as bunkers and off-grid homes.
In 2016, underwater cinematography and aerial commercial drone filming and formally added as services. The FAA recently began enforcing commercial drone operation, but the regulations can be very complex to understand. The Hypocenter team meticulously keeps up with the changes through industry training and petitioning agencies for every available waiver to stay in compliance.
In the past few years, Hypocenter Productions has been contracted in over 50 cable TV airing reality episodes or documentaries and provided expert consulting, executive, and assistant producing to more than a dozen full length pilots and sizzle reels. We excel at finding content. We excel at finding other people who have content. And we specialize in making content entertaining and educational. If we can’t do it ourselves, we’re connected to people who can!