An imagination of the concept of a creative block and the minds of those affected by it.

  • Sophia You
  • Sophia You
  • Jack Haston
    Director of Photography
  • Julia Jennings
    Key Cast
  • Julia Jennings
  • Jack Haston
  • Miranda Zampogna
  • Kwangmin Jung
    Production Assistant
  • Sophia You
  • Levan Iordanishvili
    Music - PremiumBeat
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    115 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival 2018
    Philadelphia, PA
    United States
    November 15, 2018
  • Rough Cut Film Festival 2018
    Philadelphia, PA
    United States
    June 16, 2018
    Award for Best Cinematography in University Category; Nominated for Best Experimental and Best Cinematography
  • GPFO's 1st Annual Student Showcase
    Philadelphia, PA
    United States
    May 8, 2018
  • Bucknell Intercollegiate Film Festival 2018
    Lewisburg, PA
    United States
    April 29, 2018
  • Forge: Women Shaping Film in Philadelphia 2018
    Philadelphia, PA
    United States
    March 29, 2018
Director Biography - Sophia You

Sophia is a Korean American director, screenwriter, and editor based in Philadelphia, and a fourth-year Film and Media Arts student at Temple University.

She was born in Philadelphia, but her family moved to South Korea shortly after and lived there ever since, until they decided to move back to the U.S. in 2012. Having the advantage of dual citizenship since birth but the experiences of a 1.5 generation immigrant, Sophia, through her films, offers insight into the world she sees as an individual who has familiarized herself with two drastically different cultures.

Her works have been selected and screened at a variety of different film festivals in the United States, including the biggest Asian film festival in the East coast: Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. Additionally, she was recognized by her department at Temple University and was chosen as a sole undergraduate nominee for the 2019 Princess Grace Award.

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Director Statement

Metamorphosis reflects upon my personal experience as a filmmaker. For months, I didn't have any motivation nor inspiration to initiate and execute my own personal projects that I felt passionate about. Or, I could even say that I did not give myself enough time and space to be motivated or inspired since I was too caught up in unnecessary worries and pessimism. I was at a point where I slowly started to distance myself from filmmaking and the creative process in general, thus enabling myself to fall into a creative rut.

I hit the bottom, and nothing seemed possible to be done for me to break free from it. I struggled for quite a long time, and I was tired. I'd had enough. So, I decided to finally do something, the only thing that seemed doable in that moment: forcing myself to get up and go make a film about my situation. Literally addressing and confronting the problem itself head-on.

With the help of talented crew members that helped me bring my vision to life and my mentors and friends who gave me useful advices and suggestions, a dedicated month of production had passed, and Metamorphosis came to life, a film about the creative block itself. It translates a creative's agony into dance movements and communicates the ambiguity and the severity of a creative block through the portrayal of the person's gradual downfall and the inability to escape.

The making of this film, the entire journey was an incredible healing and learning process. Not only it helped me overcome the creative block I was struggling in but also made me feel refreshed and motivated more than ever with new ideas and new insights. It taught me so many valuable lessons and even helped me solidify my path as a filmmaker from this point on, and I cannot be more grateful for this journey and the experiences I had.