Formed by filmmaker Aaron Dennis, Stone Hut Studios is a video production company with a mission to create ‘films for a better world.’
Our work includes nature videos, educational videos, promo videos and ads, Kickstarter videos, seb-series, and short and long documentaries. Our clients include, Scholastic, PBS, USAID, 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.
Visit our contact page to find ways to reach us.
AARON DENNIS, Founder, Director, Videographer, Editor
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 Stone Hut Studios released it’s second feature documentary, Connected by Coffee.
CHELSEA BAY DENNIS, Co-Producer, Communications Director
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.
DAN MILLS, Production Assistant, Timelapse Guru
Dan pursues the serenity he finds while exploring the out-of-doors. Whether it’s embarking on hiking trips along the Appalachian Trail or bicycling through Montana and the Dakotas, writing while lounging across the mossy Icelandic landscape, or exploring the geology of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, he thrives on the mental challenges that are met. During the past five years Dan has honed his technical skills as a drummer, pianist, and guitarist to further discover his passion of writing music. Dan also has a knack for technical design and although not trained as an engineer, has worked on a variety of personal projects including traditional wooden snowshoes, tent-hammocks, and camera rigs. Whatever the project, Dan is confident that it can be done!
Sawyer Harris, Production Assistant
Sawyer is a recent graduate from the Audio Technology Program at Northwestern Michigan College where he discovered a passion for expressing creativity through music and film. During his time at NMC, he was involved in many audio post production, film making and editing projects. Sawyer grew up in Higgins Lake, Michigan and spent much of his time seeking adventure outdoors. He is especially intrigued by the beauty of the Great Lakes and everything they have to offer. Aside from what Michigan has to offer, he is constantly trying to fulfill his travel bug, whether it’s going to Spain, Germany, or traveling to the Smoky Mountains to hike. He believes every person and place has a story that is worth being told. His goal is to make some of these stories known through his work at Stone Hut Studios.