Nautilus Productions has produced documentaries for National Geographic International, the Canadian History Channel, North Carolina Public Television, Texas A&M, the Louisiana State Museum and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (US Dept. of the Interior). Corporate clients include Office Depot and UBS among others. Our broad range of experience and decades of work guarantee a great production.
Rick Allen, co-founder of Nautilus Productions, broadcast video producer and cinematographer has been diving the oceans of the world and shooting video since 1983. As a video producer, director and videographer his work has appeared on ABC, A&E, BBC, CBS, Discovery, TLC, National Geographic, 48 Hours, ESPN, Lifetime, Turner and more. He has followed SWAT teams through the door on drug busts, traveled from Cuba to Kazakhstan with the 82nd Airborne, weathered live broadcasts during hurricanes, gone nose to nose with 14 foot Great White sharks during underwater expeditions and is the official project videographer on the Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project. After 12 years in broadcast television Allen opened his own video production company in 1997 focused on documentary production as well as providing freelance videography and underwater video services to broadcast clients. Allen is an avid wreck diver and shark lover who can be found most weekends diving the Graveyard of the Atlantic.
Cindy Burnham is a photojournalist with more than 3 decades of work covering the news, the people, and visual tempo of our age. She is the owner of Lucky Shot Productions, a freelance photography company and co-founder of Nautilus Productions, a video production company, as well as the former assignments editor and senior photographer at the Fayetteville Observer. Her images have appeared on covers and pages of Newsweek, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Time Life books and more. Burnham is an avid underwater photographer. She spends her weekends during summers diving on WWII shipwrecks of North Carolina and swimming with Sand Tigers sharks.
Nautilus Productions is also the exclusive owner and licensor of footage from Blackbeard the Pirate's flagship - the Queen Anne's Revenge (QAR). Since the discovery of the wreck by Intersal Inc. the Nautilus Productions staff has been the official video crew for the study and recovery of the infamous pirate Blackbeard's ship the Queen Anne's Revenge (La Concorde). Our staff works with the North Carolina's Underwater Archaeology Branch documenting this incredible underwater find. Nautilus Productions' duties include the video documentation of activities on site, the archaeological survey and recovery of artifacts from the shipwreck and licensing the stock footage library. The Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project stock footage library contains nearly two decades of HD & SD footage from the project.
Allen is also known for QAR DiveLive 2000 & 2001. During QAR DiveLive real time underwater video of the project was streamed to the internet as a part of an educational program that reached thousands of children around the world. The project, proposed by Bill Lovin of Marine Grafics and Rick Allen of Nautilus Productions melded television technology, Internet streaming, and underwater archaeology. The live, internet broadcasts allowed students to talk to scientists, see video of the shipwreck and learn about methods and technologies utilized by underwater archaeologists in real time.
November 5, 2019: In what may be the most important copyright case in decades, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Allen v. Cooper. In 2015, according to a complaint filed in federal court, North Carolina pirated footage of Blackbeard's flagship, the 'Queen Anne's Revenge.' Then North Carolina passed "Blackbeard's Law" to justify that misuse. Rick Allen of Nautilus Productions has now taking his case to the Supreme Court of the United States. The issue is whether Congress validly abrogated state sovereign immunity via the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act in providing remedies for authors of original expression whose federal copyrights are infringed by states. North Carolina maintains that sovereign immunity prevents it from being held liable for damages, as other copyright infringers would be.
Allen has also been featured in numerous stories and on NPR's "The Story" - Blackbeard's Shipwreck and The Hook & Planet Money - Episode 955: Pirate Videos.
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