Formed and run by filmmaker Aaron Dennis, Stone Hut Studios is a video production company with a mission to create ‘films for a better world.’
We create films and videos, both small and large, from YouTube videos to feature length documentaries. Our specialties include nature and documentary videography, motion timelapses, and full service post-production.
We’ve created: nature videos, educational videos, promo videos and ads, Kickstarter videos, Web-series, and short and long documentaries. Our clients include, Scholastic, PBS, USAID, Northwestern Michigan College and The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.
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 where 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, 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, Communications and Creative Director
Chelsea has been a graphic designer, strategist, photographer, community organizer and fair trade advocate for many years. She is the owner/founder of Chelsea Bay Design: branding, design and creative consulting specifically for environmentally and socially responsible companies and organizations. Chelsea not only designs for Stone Hut Studios, but also handles communications, event planning, and overall strategy of the business.
DAN MILLS, Associate Producer
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!