Way of the Columbia

2 years, 38 stops at McDonald’s, 71 interviews, 3,120 cups of coffee, 41,235 miles driven, Millions of fish? Yes, we said fish.

That’s a wrap. Our documentary series Way of the Columbia airs April 1, on KSPS.

  • Did you know there is crazy eel looking things that have fang-like teeth that swim in the rivers? (Seriously, lampreys are a little creepy and the name doesn’t help.)

  • That some 8” salmon can develop the same sized testicles as a 20 lb one?
  • Do you know that it takes a sturgeon over 25 years to become sexually mature?
  • That a wild fish has a fin between the dorsal fin and the tail (caudal) fin. It’s called an Adipose fin, and if it’s not there, you have a hatchery raised fish.
  • Did you know the U.S. has been trying to cultivate and propagate fish since 1892?

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As filmmakers and photographers, and we tend to dabble in history and science. But the magic truly happens when we use everything together to become master storytellers.

And yes, we now know more than we ever dreamed possible about fish and fishery habitat.

But we won’t be hanging up our camera’s anytime soon.

Fish might not have been our first choice. But, it feels like a star-crossed love story entwined with us forever.

Have you ever heard of “Near Nature, Near Perfect”? We have. Growing up in Spokane it’s what we live by.

There’s just something about telling stories of our beloved northwest. Salmon, nature and the individuals who make it great.

It really hasn’t been just about the fish, or the dams. It’s the people.

We are the creatives, and we love challenges. By finding out the best way to approach and tell these truly unique and individual stories we can then bring them to life.

This is where our listening skills prevail. Not only can we see the passion we feel it and project it onto the screen.

Way of the Columbia has taken two years, and we have weaved our souls throughout this project. Sacrificing sleep (sometimes in our cars) just to be there for the shot. (Friendly shout out to the vagabond that we met while camping in Cle Elum. Hope your journey to Seattle was sunny.)

We have transformed.

Everything has a story.

And we are the storytellers.


It hasn’t been easy. We’ve learned a lot along the way.

  • Do not open containers on docks. We lost some lav equipment to the Kootenai River.
  • Never pass up a shot when you see it. Tractor on the hill shot will forever be burned into our minds.
  • Remember not to put your phone on the back bumper of a car, or on your McDonald’s tray, it will get thrown in the trashcan.
  • Never ever, ever, use cheap batteries! Brand-new, out of the package, name brand batteries. Trust us, we learned our lesson.
  • Oh, and don’t forget a coat, rain gear, and your waiters! The weather will never cooperate. Until it does.

Then Magic.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

Wait a second.

Is the earth being demolished? Yes. For an intergalactic bypass? Yes. Where’s my towel?






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