After graduating, he worked as a production assistant for John Milius. Gayton has been a professional screenwriter for over ten years, working both by himself and with his brother, Joe Gayton (Uncommon Valor, Shout).
In 2011, he and brother Joe teamed up again to create a dramatic television series for the cable channel AMC, titled Hell On Wheels, which premiered on November 6. Set in 1865, the series centers on the settlement and its people that accompanied the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, referred to as "Hell on Wheels."
|1987||Athens, GA: Inside/Out||Director, screenwriter|
|2002||Murder By Numbers||Screenwriter|
|The Salton Sea||Screenwriter|
|2005||Two Headed Cow||Director, screenwriter|
|2006||Southern Comfort||Screenwriter, TV movie|
|2011||Hell on Wheels||Creator, Producer|
- Holden, Stephen (26 April 2002). "The Salton Sea (2002) FILM REVIEW; Speeding to Hit Bottom, and About to Get There Fast". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 February 2011.