WRITER • DIRECTOR • PRODUCER
Clay Dumaw was born in Northern New York, where he studied Visual Communications at the Charles H. Bohlen Technical Center. Early in his career, Clay freelanced as a designer and visual effects artist, animating title sequences for independent productions. Clay wrote and directed two feature films, Get Out Alive and Hold'em, which earned official selections at several festivals, including the Buffalo International Film Festival. He achieved success working on national television ads for clients like Honda, Toyota, and Ford. Apart from directing Gun from Hell, Clay also edited, created visual effects, and did the sound design.
JEFFREY T. SMITH
Clay Dumaw began writing Gun from Hell in 2015 while living in Northern New York. The script went through numerous drafts after Clay relocated to Colorado to work in commercial productions.
Pre-production began in 2016 and required nearly a year to organize. Due to the film's technical nature, Clay meticulously storyboarded every shot and mapped out every angle. Executive producer and actor Rodrigo Tactaquin played an integral hand in discovering almost half the film's cast.
Production started in 2017 on a soundstage in Colorado Springs with partial scenes shot in Northern New York. The show implemented a combination of Panasonic, Blackmagic and RED cameras, each suitable to their task. Gun from Hell became one of the only independent feature films shot entirely on a green screen. Fragmented availability of the cast meant that they rarely performed on set together. Instead, they filmed scenes separately. The goal was to composite everyone together later on. Despite sharing moments on-screen, some of the cast did not meet until filming wrapped.
In post-production, Clay modeled a digital world from scratch using consumer software like Cinema 4D and Element 3D. Environments consisting of deserts, mountains, a town, and a forest the size of a football field, was composited with live-action footage using Adobe After Effects. The tedious nature of the green screen sometimes required several actors, filmed separately, to be composited into one image. In many instances, performers had to be rotoscoped, traced frame-by-frame to lift them from one background, and placed onto another.
The audio was an equally vital component of post-production. Additional dialogue replacement (A.D.R.) was recorded for nearly all the cast, requiring them to re-read all their lines in a studio. Every sound effect, grand or small, was recorded in post.
Altogether, post-production spanned nearly two years. From conceptualization to completion, Jack Wyatt and the Gun from Hell was five years in the making.
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After rescuing a mysterious drifter from certain death, a gold miner named Jack Wyatt is gifted a cursed pistol with unspeakable power. Little does he know that a gang of outlaws, led by the evil Thane Maddox, is searching for the notorious Gun from Hell.