Haeun Kim

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2009

Capstone Advisor

Michael Cremedas

Honors Reader

Dona Hayes

Capstone Major

Broadcast and Digital Journalism

Capstone College

Public Communications

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories



Brief Summary of Capstone Project

My Capstone Project is a short film documentary exploring the plastic surgery obsession in South Korea. The focus is on the double eyelid surgery, a controversial and intriguing procedure that creates a crease on the upper eyelid to make small eyes bigger and rounder. The infatuation with the double eyelid surgery is a social and cultural phenomenon that is changing the South Korean people. The documentary attempts to discuss various factors that influence the decisions people make to go under the knife and the social and cultural implications and consequences that result from it.

Statement of Concept

The concept of this creative piece was to tell a story, and share insight on an issue that is affecting the people of South Korea at an alarming rate and reach. The visual storytelling engages the audience and successfully delivers a message that most people are not aware of. Most importantly, the documentary is able to connect to the audience in ways that verbal or written presentations cannot. The purpose of the documentary is not only to educate the audience, but also to provoke individual questions about what it means to be beautiful and the extent people will go to justify it in their hearts.

Context of the work

The documentary is not a creative piece in that no new ideas were generated to form a conscious theory regarding the double eyelid surgery. The research was mostly academic, in addition to personal experiences, interviews, and news.

Discussion of the medium/processes used in the project’s creation

Basic filming devices, including digital cameras, were used to record and document interviews and footage. The Macbook iMovie HD program was used to edit the material alongside Adobe Photoshop. Original interviews were conduced in Seoul, South Korea. The editing was done at Syracuse University.


The obsession with plastic surgery in South Korea encourages us to reevaluate beauty and societal norms. It also challenges people to consider how this epidemic affects the global community and evolving ideas.

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