Welcome to Metamorphosis the Movie
This feature film adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis) is a co-production between the Film Production Company, Attractive Features Ltd, and Rockkiss Digital Media Entertainment Ltd, who were responsible for the CGI creation of Gregor Samsa in his insect form. The project was supported by the cultural certification of the UK Film Council, now absorbed into the British Film Institute.
Attractive Features was set up by ex-film editor Chris Swanton with the express purpose of making the first-ever feature film version of Kafka’s iconic novella. Rockkiss was established by award-winning visual effects director William Rockall together with visual effects designer and producer, Simon Hodgkiss.
The approach of the project was always to remain as faithful to the original story as the transposition from the written word to the screen would allow. This meant attempting to capture not only the touching sadness of Gregor’s situation but also the rich vein of humour and the sense of the bizarre that runs through the novella. The figures that enter into the Samsa household betray his love of Dickens, of Jewish theatre and of the emerging art of the silent movie.
Die Verwandlung is written from an intensely personal and subjective stance, and it is probably because of this that it can be interpreted in so many different ways and is truly universal in its appeal.
Attractive Features and Rockkiss Digital Media hope that the film they have produced manages to capture at least some of the qualities that have made Franz Kafka’s iconic novella such an enduringly popular classic of world literature.
The film was finished in May 2012, thus marking the centenary of the novella’s creation, Kafka having completed Die Verwandlung in December 1912. It was published in a literary magazine at the end of 1915, then in book form in 1916.