We started with a simple premise – could we help the world through film&video? 8 years later and we’re still on a mission to try.
We create videos, both small and large, from YouTube videos to feature length documentaries. Our services include video production, timelapse and gimbal videography, video editing and documentary script consulting.
Our work includes nature videos, educational videos, promo videos and ads, Kickstarter videos, web-series, and short and long documentaries. Our clients include, Scholastic, PBS, USAID, Michigan State University – Northwestern Michigan College and The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and more. We’re based in Traverse City, Michigan and we work locally and internationally.
Stone Hut’s founder, Aaron Dennis, has worked around the globe on film and video projects for humanitarian and educational projects. Aaron started shooting video at age 9 with his grandparent's VHS camcorder. A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Cinema Arts program, Dennis began his professional career in Malawi, Africa filming and photographing the work of Malaria and AIDS researchers. Later in New York City, he worked on several national PBS documentaries including the award-winning four-part “Supreme Court” series. After this we was commissioned to spend seven months in Asia filming the Tibetan communities of India, Nepal and Tibet to create a video archive of a rapidly changing culture. The importance of family and the natural world led him to return in 2008 to his beautiful hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. Stone Hut Studios was founded in 2011 and a year later released the feature length documentary, The People and The Olive: The Story of the Run Across Palestine which was directed and edited by Dennis. In 2014 Aaron produced and edited Stone Hut Studios' second feature documentary, Connected by Coffee. In 2018 Stone Hut Studios partnered with Detroit Public Television to create Beneath The Surface, a Michigan Emmy-award winning public television documentary about the Line 5 oil pipeline controversy.
Chelsea is a graphic designer, creative consultant, life coach, speaker and conscious entrepreneur. Through her company C.Bay Design she offers branding, design, creative consulting and coaching specifically for environmentally and socially responsible companies and organizations. Through The Conscious Entrepreneur, she is a life coach and consultant for individuals looking to create or find meaningful work that is aligned with their values, strengths, and what makes them come alive – from the inside out. Her coaching empowers others to make ideas happen, be successful and make a difference. At Stone Hut Studios, she handles production, communication, event and shoot coordination, design, interviewing and overall strategy of the business.