Just got word that my screenplay, 'Desert Dogs,' is a finalist for the Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival screenplay competition. That's pretty freaking awesome. I've had this screenplay for about a year, and recently reworked it to to add a few scenes I thought were missing. Nothing like a whole society of were-coyotes living in the desert that no one knows about to inspire coolness. Boy would I love to see this made into a movie. Someone who has directed movies for HBO said this as a comparison. "It's The Minus Man (Owen Wilson) meets Dog Soldiers." It does sort of have that disconnected feeling that The Minus Man has. Probably a reflection of the characters of the two X-Gen ex-army soldiers recently-returned from the war who spend all of their time playing First Person Shooters and are totally disconnected from society.
I think the contest winner is chosen on October 24th. I wish I could be there, but I have already committed to signings in L.A. and Phoenix for that weekend. I guess I just need to cross my fingers and hope for the best. It's probably very tough competition, but as someone who has produced and directed movies before said after reading 'Desert Dogs,' "The only reason this hasn't been bought by someone, Wes, is because you don't know the right folks in the industry." Maybe this is that first step in getting to know people. Let's hope.
If there is anyone who wants to take a look at this, just drop me a line. I'll send it no problem.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war. Weston likes to be called a chaotic good paladin and challenges anyone to disagree. After all, no one can really stand a goody two-shoes lawful good character. They can be so annoying. It's so much more fun to be chaotic, even when you're striving to save the world. You can argue with him about this and other things online at Living Dangerously or on Facebook at Badasswriter. All content of this blog is copywrited by Weston Ochse.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Screenplay is Finalist in Buffalo
Weston Ochse is the author of more than twenty books, most recently the SEAL Team 666 series which has been optioned by MGM Films. He's also the author of the Grunt Life series, a military science fiction series concentrating on the lives of PTSD survivors. His first novel, Scarecrow Gods, won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in First Novel and his short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared in comic books, and magazines such as Cemetery Dance and Soldier of Fortune. He lives in the Arizona desert within rock throwing distance of Mexico. He is a military veteran with more than 30 years of military service and currently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan.