A fascinating look at Fred Hawin's transformation of faces, outlooks, and lives.


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Fred Harwin ... Ocularist (as Fredric M. Harwin MSc) (as BFA) (as FAMI)
Andy Jackman ... Patient


Fredric Harwin is a medical illustrator, ocularist, and artist who bridges the distance between art and medicine to make acrylic eyes. He narrates as the camera watches him work, taking us through the 12-step process of making an artificial eye. Fred also shares his goals and values - to help the patient, usually the victim of an accident, feel whole again and feel good about themselves. The editing helps us see as well - sometimes the screen is in a panoramic, sometimes only a small square contains an image. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Documentary




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January 2003 (USA)  »

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Style meets subject with sharp acuity
16 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Ocularist" is an odd little movie about an odd little profession. It's a roughly five- ten minute documentary set to an ambient techno score, about a man who makes prosthetic eyes for victims of accidents. It's highly stylized work using a stark color palette, blown-out backgrounds, repetitious cuts, and cuts to black to underscore not only the theme of vision, but also the doctor's balancing act between art and science. The details are fascinating -- we watch as a teenager has a mold taken of his eye socket, and as the ocularist builds, paints, and shapes the final product -- and the filmmaking is both energetic and observant. A perfect marriage of style and subject.

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