Cleveland Native Pens Summer Movie Blockbuster

Reported by: Webb Wright
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Updated: 7/12/2013 7:29 pm
      It could one of the summer's biggest blockbusters. "Pacific Rim" opened in theaters nationwide today.
      An out of this world adventure that has very real ties to the Tennessee Valley. It was written by Cleveland native Travis Beacham.
      "It was the hope of humanity, it was this thing that everyone could invest their hope in sort of like the Apollo program of the old days," says Beachem about the characters in the movie.
      The movie opened last night at the Carmike theater in Cleveland, and got a nice crowd celebrating the work of a local kid who made it big.
      "A lot of the crowd we had last night came because of him being a part of the movie. It's inspiring to think of you know you could do this if you just sat down and thought about and came up with a good idea all it takes is taking that first step," says Carmike Cinemas manager Allan Aguilar.
     Travis' mother says he's always had that passion for movies dating back to his days at Cleveland High School.
     "He was very involved in the theater program there. Whether it was writing or directing, that was his passion. He did it and he never looked back. You know, I'm going to film school this is what I want to do and I just think it's a huge credit to where he grew up," said Joy Beacham.
     His alma mater is celebrating with him, hoping his success will provide a valuable lesson to those that follow at Cleveland High.
     "Find that thing that you love and work hard and really believe in something and be able to do whatever you want one day once you get out of high school. That's a message that's hard to get across to teenagers now so we are always glad to have these examples of that to be able to share that with our students," said Cleveland principal Autumn O'Bryan.
     Beacham is a very busy man. His graphic novel "Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero" was on top of the New York Times Graphic Novel Bestsellers list last week and he is currently working on a show for AMC called "Ballistic City"

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