July 09, 2013/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



Travis Beacham also co-wrote the screenplay for the film

 opening Friday, July 12

(Winston-Salem) A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is the author of a New York Times bestseller, and the screenwriter of what could become a summer blockbuster movie.

Travis Beacham, a 2005 graduate of UNCSA’s School of Filmmaking, wrote the graphic novel “Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero,” which is number one on the New York Times list of hardcover graphic books for the week ending July 14. The movie PACIFIC RIM, directed by Guillermo del Toro, opens nationwide on Friday.

Beacham’s 112-page science fiction graphic novel was published in June 2013 by Marvel. It debuted at #2 on the Times list for the week ending July 7. Illustrated by Sean Chen, it describes the first time Earth is attacked by incredible monsters known as Kaiju, who rise from the ocean’s depths and threaten to extinguish all of mankind.

The highly-anticipated film released by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures stars Charlie Hunnam (SONS OF ANARCHY, 2008); Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and MONSTERS U, 2013); and Diego Klattenhoff (AFTER EARTH, 2103). Beacham adapted his prequel novel, sharing the screenwriting credits with del Toro, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 as screenwriter of PAN’S LABYRINTH.  

“We applaud Travis’ phenomenal success,” said Filmmaking Dean Susan Ruskin. “He is a very talented and creative writer, and has amassed a remarkable body of work in just eight years.”

Originally from Cleveland, Tenn., Beacham was screenwriter for 2010’s CLASH OF THE TITANS and 2007’s DOG DAYS OF SUMMER. He returned to UNCSA in December 2010 to conduct a screenwriting workshop for Film students and to screen CLASH OF THE TITANS.

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.