Dan Mills

Dan Mills

Associate Producer

Stone Hut Studios


My road in life took a while to figure out.
To start with, I helped my Mom (who was an 8th grade science teacher) teach about glaciers.
Then, after questioning HOW I wanted to teach, I dropped out of college.
Then in 2008 I set out to hike the entire Appalachian Trail.
After losing my Mom to cancer during my hike, I felt I wanted to be a teacher.
Then I got the chance to work for a video production company as an assistant.
Deciding that this was something that would allow me to pursue my passion for teaching, I dove in.


High School
Traverse City West Senior High
Geology/Earth Science, General
Michigan Technological University


Associate Producer

I specialize in capturing the natural world through time lapse photography.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

I get up, take a look at the weather forecast, and decide what aspect of the natural world I can capture with my camera, and how. Arriving at a location, I take time to simply be in the place, absorbing it with all of my senses, trying to see it as it is at that point in time. Feeling confident and trying to imagine what might happen over next 1 to 6 hours, I set up the shot.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I am constantly striving to become a better observer, and to let the details of what I am observing shine through the artistic interpretation I am forming. I think that my passion for the natural world, which serves as a big motivator in my work, is rooted in what I learned in school and college. However, the style in which I express this passion is rooted in the time I spend alone in nature, finding what captivates me and experimenting with how it can be viewed.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Look for opportunities to get involved and do it for the experience alone, asking questions and making observations that help you fully understand how to do it, as if you were being counted on to pull it off all by yourself.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"If you want to be a teacher, you need to be certified and have a teaching degree. Otherwise you wont be able to be effective."

Challenges I Overcame

Drugs / Addiction