Zale Dalen, AKA David James Scott, started his career in the film business as a script writer (“Another Smith for Paradise” directed by Tom Shandell in 1972) assistant editor, soundman, editor, and sponsored/educational film director. His big break came in 1976 with the funding of his first feature film, “Skip Tracer”. Since then he has directed four more Canadian features – “The Hounds of Notre Dame”, “Terminal City Ricochet”, “Expect No Mercy”, and “Passion” – two of which are considered Canadian classics, one of which was a job of work made for the exploitation market in third world countries, and one of which, “Passion”. is a work of pure genius that remains totally unrecognized. Along the way he directed two made for TV movies – “Anything to Survive” and “On Thin Ice, the Tai Babalonia Story” – and quite a few episodes of television series like Alfred Hitchcock, Wiseguy, Scene of the Crime, Friday’s Curse, Kung Fu the Legend Continues, Beachcombers and For the Record.
Zale has eclectic interests and a great number of practical skills for which he has no tickets, everything from electrical wiring, plumbing and drywall to bullwhip making. He’s a lifelong learner and a Social Justice Warrior who hopes to become a good person some day. He’s currently practicing the piano, violin, mandolin, erhu (Chinese two stringed violin), banjo, harmonica, and trombone.
Here are a couple of links to introduce you to Zale and his work:
First, here’s an extensive interview.
And on a lighter note, here’s a webcomic review of Terminal City Ricochet. How many directors get a web comic review of their movie, eh?
And here are some nice words about his work on the Saskatchewan Film for Expo ’86
There’s a lot more on the Internet about Zale and his work. A Google search always turns up something new and surprising. You should try it.