“You have to rewire your brain,” he said. “Because you read a comic book or a graphic novel a lot differently than the way that you watch a movie. So you have to think differently about how it's put together.”
For example, in a movie, you can control the speed at which a viewer takes in the information, which you can't fully in a graphic novel; in a graphic novel, you can control the shape of the picture the viewer sees, which is more difficult with a movie.
“You have to think about space differently; you have to think about time differently, when you're talking about a graphic novel versus a movie,” Beacham said. “And I had come from primarily having worked and written for the screen in the past ... so there was kind of a learning curve in there.”
Beacham said he eventually got the hang of the graphic novel, and it's possible he'd return to write more comics in the future.
“It was a very dynamic, very collaborative process ... I would definitely, definitely love to do more comic work. I think creatively there's something that's differently rewarding about it than the rewards of filmmaking. I like in particular how the dialogue between the writers and the artists work, I like the intimacy of that approach. And I would love to do more stories in that medium, be they more Pacific Rim stories, or original ideas. I'm up for anything.”