Rick Allen, co-founder Nautilus Productions, broadcast video producer and videographer 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, 60 Minutes, Discovery, History Channel, The Learning Channel, 48 Hours, ESPN, Lifetime, PBS, Smithsonian Channel, 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 and gone nose to nose with 14 foot Great White sharks during underwater expeditions. In 1997, after 12 years in broadcast television, including stints at WTVD – ABC O&O and WRAL – CBS, Allen opened his own video production company. The goal was to focus on documentary & corporate video production and provide freelance videography and underwater video services to broadcast and commercial clients. Since then he’s never looked back. Allen is also an avid wreck diver and shark lover who can be found most weekends diving the Graveyard of the Atlantic.

In 2008 Allen completed the Mystery Mardi Gras Shipwreck documentary for Texas A&M University and the Minerals Management Service (now BOEM). The one hour HD documentary chronicles the mysterious sinking of a 19th century shipwreck, the deepest underwater archaeological project ever attempted in the Gulf of Mexico and the month long expedition mounted to explore, recover and conserve artifacts from the wreck site.

Nautilus Productions is proud to announce that the Mystery Mardi Gras Shipwreck has won a 2009 Bronze Telly award in the documentary category. The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web. The 29th Annual Telly Awards received over 14,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.

Allen has also been the project videographer on the Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project since the projects inception. Allen and his crew’s duties include the documentation of the archaeological survey and recovery of artifacts from the wreck site. In the fall of 2000 he co-produced with Bill Lovin of Marine Grafics a groundbreaking, week long live internet broadcast known as DiveLive from the Queen Anne’s Revenge wreck site. For the first time ever, live video and audio was broadcast from an underwater archaeological site to the world wide web. The twice-daily live distance learning programs reached an estimated 1600 students from as far away as Canada during the five days of broadcasting. In October of 2001 Allen and Lovin again co-produced DiveLive 2001. This time the interactive webcasts from the seafloor and conservation laboratories of the Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project reached over 3600 students from fifteen states and 2 countries during the five days of broadcast.

Nautilus Productions footage has been broadcast worldwide on ABC, BBC, CBS, National Geographic, History Channel, Discovery, NBC, PBS, Smithsonian Channel, Travel Channel, ZDF & many more.


Executive Producer/Producer/Director Shannon2

  • Mystery Mardi Gras Shipwreck, International Distribution
  • Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime, David McCune International Art Gallery
  • The Kill Zone, National Geographic International
  • Assault on America – The Battle for Torpedo Junction, Canadian History Channel
  • Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project – Web
  • Go Red for Women, American Heart Association
  • Drive4COPD, COPD Foundation
  • Various, The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
  • 7th Special Forces Group: A Long & Proud Heritage, US Army 7th Special Forces Group
  • Lionfish, New Pirates of the Caribbean, International Distribution
  • DIVELOG, Web
  • and much more

Director, Coproducer, Videographer

  • Sand Tigers: Sentinels of the Deep, NC Public Television (UNCTV)
  • QAR DiveLive 2000 & 2001, NCDNCR


  • Shark Attack Files Season 2 – Wrecked, National Geographic/Shark Fest
  • Ninja Sharks 2: Mutants Rising, Discovery/Shark Week
  • “Secrets Unlocked” Blackbeard’s Ship, Smithsonian Channel
  • Drain the Oceans – Pirate Ships of the Caribbean, National Geographic
  • Drain the Oceans – The Mississippi River, National Geographic
  • In Search of Blackbeard’s Treasure, BBC/Discovery
  • Secrets: Blackbeard’s Ship/Treasures Decoded, Smithsonian Channel
  • Blackbeard’s Hidden Gold – Expedition Unknown, Amazing Vacation Homes, Travel Channel
  • Stars in Danger: The High Dive, Fox
  • Hamilton’s Journey: Manatees in a New Light, ZDF
  • The Great Explorer, CBS/60 Minutes
  • Birth of a Colony: North Carolina, UNC-TV
  • Modern Marvels – Pirate Tech, History Channel
  • Mega Movers, History Channel
  • Stunt Junkies, CBS/Discovery
  • Tactical to Practical, History Channel
  • Battle Stations: Drop Zone, History Channel
  • Carolina Stories: Pirates of the Carolinas – SCETV
  • Journeys to the Bottom of the Sea – Blackbeard’s Revenge, BBC/Discovery
  • Mysteries of Cold Water Survival, Operation Homecoming, TLC
  • Hospital: The Series, Mission to the Monitor, Discovery
  • Blackbeard’s Treasure, UNC-TV
  • Behind Closed Doors w/Joan Lunden, A&E 
  • The Big Click, UNC-TV
  • NASCAR, Corporate, VNR , Office Depot
  • People of the Neuse, WRAL-TV
  • The Bob Waters Story, WLOS-TV
  • The Graveyard of the Atlantic, VMG Marketing
  • Disco’s Top 10, & The Ultimate Pop Stars, CH4, UK
  • The Barbara Staeger Story /American Justice, A&E & TLC
  • The Things We Do For Love, Lifetime.
  • Liars & Legends, Turner South
  • Off The Menu, Turner South
  • Various, CBS/History Channel
  • National Geographic Today, National Geographic Channel
  • 10 Deadliest Sharks, Shark Attack Survivors, BBC/Discovery – Shark Week
  • Time Machine – Green Berets, Mega Movers, History Channel         
  • The Hunt for Osama & Sadam, CBS/History Channel
  • Heavy Metal, History Channel
  • US Open-Pinehurst ‘99, ‘05, Various, The Golf Channel
  • Forensic Science, A&E
  • Corporate , American Red Cross
  • Ripleys Believe It Or Not, TNT
  • 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, CBS
  • Various, CNBC
  • Various, BBC News
  • Lonely Planet Treks, Travel Channel
  • Regenesis Video, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Awards Video, VH1
  • Fox NewsChannel, Fox
  • Mystery Hunters, Discovery Kids
  • Hooters Cup Stock Car Racing, SportsSouth
  • Stock Car Racing, NASCAR
  • Building Character, HGTV
  • Ambush Makeover, Banyan/FOX
  • Marine Courtmartial, APTN
  • Shipwrecks, WCTI TV-12/NBC
  • Surviving in a sinking car, WTVD TV-11/ABC
  • NewsNight with Lou Dobbs, CNN
  • Blackbeard Project, WLFL TV-22/WB
  • African-American Farmers, Reuters
  • Animal Rescues, Extra
  • Cod, Primitive Features
  • Shark Tribe, Discovery – Shark Week
  • Dirty Jobs, Discovery
  • 21st Century Medicine – Discovery
  • JAG, Bellisario Productions/CBS
  • Dream 18, Leisure Channel
  • Beach Ambush, Outdoor Life Network
  • Donnie & Marie, Syndication
  • Oprah, Harpo Productions/Syndication
  • Goin’ Deep, Fox Sports
  • Beyond the Glory, FoxSportsNet
  • NFL Football, ESPN
  • Unsolved Mysteries, Lifetime
  • Hollywood True Stories, E!
  • Blue Peter – Blackbeard, BBC
  • Blackbeard Project, CNN, HD News
  • Forensic Files, Court TV
  • Various, Fox News Channel
  • World News Tonight, ABC
  • History’s Mysteries – Monsters of the Sea, A&E
  • Guinness World Records, A&E
  • Amazing Vacation Homes, Travel Channel
  • Nascar Home Makeover, DiTech


  • Shark Breach, Pepsico/Diet Mountain Dew Commercial
  • Shuttle Engine Remanufacture, SVI/NASA
  • Answering the Call, SVI/36th Combat Aviation Brigade
  • Archaeological Surveys, NOAA/NURC
  • Waterways #216, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
  • US Army Weapons Testing, General Dynamics
  • BioBulletin, American Museum of Natural History 
  • Guardians of the Wreck, Sea World Ohio
  • Coke Card Promotion, Coca-Cola
  • Corporate, Bank of America
  • Corporate, Wachovia
  • Corporate, Home Depot
  • Corporate, Office Depot
  • VNR’s, Cattleman’s Association     
  • Corporate, LC Industries
  • Estuary Live Video/Neuse River, NCDENR
  • Various, Sprint
  • Firefighting Training Video, FETN
  • Tom Joyner Show
  • Olympic Athletes, UPS
  • Promotional Video, Explornet
  • Various, World Business Review
  • Various, United Methodist Church
  • UNC Basketball & Putt Putt Golf, Robert Warren Productions
  • Special Forces Scuba Teams, USASOC
  • Various, Visual Eyes
  • Blackbeard QAR Project, NC Underwater Archaeology Branch
  • Black Warrior Project, NC Underwater Archaeology Branch
  • Corporate, Southeastern Trucking
  • Corporate, Aetna Insurance
  • Corporate, Bayer
  • Conference, Cisco Systems
  • Conference, AT&T
  • Gospel Challenge, SRB Productions
  • Environmental Impact Survey, US Marine Corps
  • Shipwreck Video, NC Aquarium-Pine Knoll Shores
  • Corporate Video, Proctor & Gamble
  • Terry Labonte, Kelloggs
  • Sales Video, Coleman/Fleetwood
  • Hurricane Floyd Disaster, State of NC
  • Hurricane Housing Buyout Program, State of NC
  • IMPACT Program, FEMA
  • VNR’s, Cattlemen’s Association
  • Corporate, IBM
  • Corporate, Cisco Systems
  • Corporate, Cape Fear Valley Health Systems
  • Corporate, Mysis Healthcare Systems
  • Corporate, GlaxoSmithKline
  • NC Aquarium-Pine Knoll Shores, Shipwreck Exhibit
  • Dialog Sales Conference, Flying Colors
  • US Marine Corps, Daniel Productions
  • Triatholon, AARP
  • Race for the Cure, RE/MAX
  • Pearls 4 Paws, MCCPRC
  • Pasion, ERA Strother
  • Webcasts, Estuary Live, NC Dept. of Cultural Resources, League of Women Voters
  • Fin-tastic World of Filming Sharks Webcast, National Wildlife Federation


  • The Last Politician, PBS
  • Faith Hill, ABC
  • Various, Virtual Image
  • Battlefield Diaries, Discovery Military Channel
  • Lioness, Rm. 11 Productions
  • …and more



ABC, Aggressor Fleet, American Museum of Natural History, Astropolitan Pictures, APTN, Baltimore Aquarium, BBC, CBS, CNN, Coca-Cola, Coleman/Fleetwood, Discovery, E! Entertainment TV, ESPN, FOX, General Dynamics, Harpo, History Channel, 48 Hours, TLC, Travel Channel, Marine Grafics, Marine Mammal Fund, National Geographic, NOAA, Office Depot, Origin Medsystems, Real TV, Reuters, Smithsonian Channel, SportSouth, Sprint, Turner, Texas A&M University, UNCTV, Visual Eyes, N.C. Underwater Archaeology Branch, VMG and more.

BA Speech Communication – 1986, NC State UniversityNCSU_Wolfpack
Videographer in Residence – The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
Videographer, Photojournalist – WRAL-TV5
Videographer, Photojournalist – WTVD-TV11
Videographer, Engineering – WLOS TV13
Director, Commercial Editor, Evening Supervisor – WKFT TV40
Student Crew – WUNC TV4
Member – Randolph Community College Photographic Technology Advisory Board, 2015-2017


  • Graduate NPPA Oklahoma Television Workshop.
  • First Place Region 6 RTNDA awards – ‘97, “Graveyard of the Atlantic.”
  • MCA-I Award of Merit ‘00, Documentary – “Assault on America – The Battle for Torpedo Junction.”
  • NETA-First Place ‘00, WUNC-TV, Documentary – Science & Nature, “Blackbeard’s Treasure.”
  • 2009 Bronze Telly for the “Mystery Mardi Gras Shipwreck” documentary
  • 2010 “Film Person of the Year,” filmpeople
  • 2011 Telly for editing National Institute of Health “Impact” video.
  • Who’s Who of the World Diving Community, Rick Allen – Diving Almanac Book of Records

RICK ALLEN 1350+ dives

Over two thirds of my logged dives are North Carolina wreck dives involving depths to 235’, wreck penetration and long, multi-stage decompression dives as well as extensive blackwater and archaeological documentation experience. The remainder are reef dives in the Caribbean, Pacific or cold California diving. Nautilus has an extensive underwater stock footage video library of shipwrecks and marine life.

NAUI Trimix, Advanced & Open Water
NACD Cavern
IANTD Deep Air, Nitrox & Advanced Nitrox
PADI First Aid, CPR, AED & Heritage Awareness Diver
DAN Oxygen Administration
AAUS Scientific Diver
 Larry Brown Diver Original “Lowrider”


Minerals Management Service ITS Conference – ‘09 New Orleans, LA, Our World Underwater – ‘98, ‘99, ‘03, ‘08 Chicago, Ill., Boston Sea Rovers – ‘99 & ‘04, Boston, Mass., Beneath the Seas – ‘00, ‘04 & ‘08,  SEAS Expo – ‘00, ‘02 & ‘05 RDU, NC, AAUS Conference – ‘02 Greenville, NC, UNCP 6th Digital Content Consortium – ’08, Central Piedmont Community College “Film People” ’10, Video Production Classes, ’08, ’09, ’10. Society for Historical Archaeology Conference ’10, Amelia Island, Fl. 10th Press Camp Headquarters Company Journalism Workshop, ‘13, Ft. Bragg, NC., Forsyth Tech – ’14 & ’16, Randolph Community College – ’14. Society for Historical Archaeology Technology Committee member ’09-’10.