Nautilus Productions

Nautilus Productions
Headquarters Fayetteville, NC, USA

Nautilus Productions LLC was incorporated in 1997 in Fayetteville, North Carolina as a video production, stock footage and photography company. The principals are Rick Allen, producer and director, and Cindy Burnham, photographer. Nautilus specializes in documentary production and underwater videography, and produced QAR DiveLive, a live webcast of underwater archaeology filmed at the wreck of the Queen Anne's Revenge in 2000 and 2001.

History and output

Nautilus has produced several documentaries, including The Kill Zone for the National Geographic International Channel, Assault on America: The Battle for Torpedo Junction for the Canadian History Channel and the Mystery Mardi Gras Shipwreck for Texas A&M University, BOEM and the Louisiana State Museum.[1][2] Above the water Nautilus spent seven years covering NASCAR for Office Depot and also worked with Bob Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, on a piece for CBS 60 Minutes.[3]

Nautilus Productions is also the owner and licensor of stock footage from the Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project.[4][5] Many documentaries created about the pirate Blackbeard and the Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project have incorporated project videographer Rick Allen's stock footage or video in their content.[6]

In 2000, Nautilus Productions co-produced with Bill Lovin of Marine Grafics, a week-long live internet broadcast known as QAR DiveLive from the Blackbeard wreck site.[7] In October 2001 Allen and Lovin again co-produced QAR DiveLive 2001. For the first time ever, live video and audio was broadcast from an underwater archaeological site to the World Wide Web. Students were able to watch the underwater archaeology in real time and ask questions of the scientists exploring the shipwreck.[8] The twice-daily live distance learning programs reached students from as far away as Canada during the five days of broadcasting.[7] In October 2001 Allen and Lovin again co-produced the QAR DiveLive 2001 webcasts with similar success.[9]

Other projects include videography on the USS Monitor and HMCS Canada (Queen of Nassau) with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),[10][11] the recovery of a World War II era B-25C Mitchell bomber from Lake Murray, SC for the Mega Movers series on the History Channel,[12] and the SS Commodore, made famous in author Stephen Crane's short story "The Open Boat".[13]


  1. "Mardi Gras Shipwreck". University of West Florida. August 21, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  2. "Archaeological Excavation of the Mardi Gras Shipwreck (16GM01), Gulf of Mexico Continental Slope" (pdf). Texas A&M University. July 2008. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  3. "Bob Ballard on 60 Minutes". Quadangles Online. January 7, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  4. "Queen Anne's Revenge Project Partners". North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  5. Henderson, Fay (March 21, 2014). "Queen Anne's Revenge Fact Sheet" (pdf). North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  6. Law, John (February 10, 2009). "Blackbeard's Glowing Shipwreck". P3 Update Magazine. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  7. 1 2 Eslinger, Kimberly; Wilde-Ramsing, Mark (June 2002). "Live from Morehead City, it's Queen Anne's Revenge" (pdf). North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  8. Lawrence, Tom (October 3, 2000). "Take an online journey to see Blackbeard's shipwreck". WRAL. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  9. Sellers, Dennis (Oct 1, 2001). "Apple, QuickTime help with underwater diving trip". Macworld. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  10. "Monitor Expedition 2003". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. July 26, 2003. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  11. Casserley, T (2003). "A Ram Bow in the Keys: Latest findings from the Investigation of the Steamer Queen of Nassau". American Academy of Underwater Sciences. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  12. Gordon, Kay (January 2007). "Lake Murray's Mitchell". Air & Space Magazine. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  13. Eslinger, Kimberly Lane (2005). "And All the Men Knew the Colors of the Sea... : Historical and Archaeological Investigation of the SS Commodore's Remains, Ponce Inlet, Florida". East Carolina University. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
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