About Us

We are a full-service production house. Our craft is telling compelling visual stories that get results for companies and brands. You have a story to tell and we want to tell it.

We make  Pictures. Collectively we’ve been creating and delivering film and video projects of all shapes and sizes for 40+ years. We make those pictures  Pretty. Of course you want your piece to look fantastic, and that’s where we come in. We are passionate about cinematography and color science and finding the right mood for your project.

And we make those pretty pictures  Move. We are just as passionate about storytelling. We will inspire your audience, touching them on an emotional level and moving them to tears, laughter, action, all of the above.

We thrive on relationships. Taking on the job of telling your story properly, artfully and in a unique and compelling way is a tremendous responsibility that we do not take lightly. Delivering on our promises and exceeding your expectations is not our goal - it’s our standard and it’s our passion.

Our Team


Mike Burton


Mike has been working in the film and television industry for 15 years since graduating from the Academy of Art University in 2004.  For 6 years Mike worked as a freelance DP, editor, and colorist with various ad agencies and production companies on feature films, commercials, documentary, and corporate productions. In 2010, at the ripe age of 31 he established Pretty Moving Pictures.  Since that time, Mike has worked with many independent and studio feature films including, Dead Man Down, The Etruscan Smile, Cafe, Budding Prospects and most recently Peel starring Emile Hirsch. He’s also worked on projects with the world’s most recognizable brands such as Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, Jeep, Lenovo, CLIF, McDonalds, Activision and Bloomberg to name a few.  He’s passionate, caring and works tirelessly to bring his clients dreams to reality.

Mike’s other passions include coaching his son Lex’s little league team and spending quality time with his young daughter Livia and wife GInger.  


D.L. Stern


Dan has been creating, producing, writing, and editing nonfiction television, film, and commercial video for over 17 years. Much of his work has aired internationally on the National Geographic Channel including that network’s highest-rated returning series Alaska State Troopers. Dan also co-directed and produced the critically acclaimed, award-winning, feature-length documentary Give Us This Day, which is currently airing on Starz. A storyteller at heart and always looking for his next creative adventure, Dan chose to bring his creative and producing savvy to the corporate world where he has found as much, if not more satisfaction in being able to tell the stories of organizations, their products and services, and their customers in the short form.

The common thread in Dan’s career has been his skill for connecting with people from all walks of life and helping them tell their stories in a compelling way. A Chicago Cubs fan since birth, Dan lives in Northern California with his wife Nikki, their son Jack, and their two labs - Kula and Makena.