August 19, 2015

A Tribute to David A. Prior


3 days ago the world lost an excellent prolific filmmaker. I lost one of my dearest friends.

I first met Dave many years ago through his films. For the young kid who circled around video stores renting everything with ‘action’ and ‘horror’ tag on it, name David A. Prior became familiar very quickly and thanks to his unique style of directing and unexpected plot twists I fell in love with his movies.  Dave’s films were my main inspiration to go out and write/produce my own. Under one condition – with him.

We met for the first time in 2008 or 2009 and haven’t stopped working together ever since.  I don’t have many true friends in my life. Dave was one of them. He was a man of a few words and big, kind heart.

He was always there for everyone that needed help. God knows, he was there for me every single day. ‘You need help with SAG contracts? Let me help’. ‘Song agreement? I will make one and send it to you. Just tell me what you want me to put in there’. Whenever I needed something, whatever that was – Dave was there to help. He never turned me down on anything.  He was one of these very few people skilled enough to make little, low budget movies and make them look great and released worldwide.


As a director he was always confident of his decisions, he was always one of the very  first people on the set, always prepared for everything, always doing notes, always thinking about next shot, next day, always editing in his head. His sense of humor was one of a kind and he loved to be grumpy which is one of the things I loved about him the most. ‘We will never get this shot done’, ‘we will stay here all night’ – David used to say that all the time and never, ever would such critical things happen because he always knew what he was doing. When you worked with him, you started to believe that slogan from Adidas commercials – ‘impossible is nothing.’ is actually true. Because under his wings, on his set impossible was nothing.

I talked to Dave for the last time 2 days before his death and I still can’t believe he’s gone.  My mind refuses to believe it and my heart can’t accept it. Dave taught me everything I know about this biz. He also taught me many things about life and thanks to him I met wonderful lifetime friends. A list of people who admired him and his work is longer than any screenplay ever written.

Dave was a great writer/director but more importantly, he was a wonderful human being. His legacy will live forever in all the people he gave a chance to in this industry, in his movies, his scripts and through his younger brother Ted – equally wonderful, generous man.  I love them both more than anything and I always will.

Goodbye My Dear Friend. We have two more films to finish and I know you will watch their post production from heaven.


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