Iran: A Nation of Bloggers

Four international students at Vancouver Film School, Aaron Chiesa, Hendy Sukarya, Lisa Temes and Toru Kageyama created a thought-provoking short film entitled “Iran: a nation of bloggers” for their final term 3 project.

I have a penchant for posting visual essays, and this one is on a topic I knew next to nothing about. The primary thrust of the project is that blogging is a cultural outlet for thousands of Iranians, despite it being a sometimes dangerous practice. Blogging is, in essence, a means of revolution.

Visually, the project benefits from restraint. The visuals are completely justified by the script, with very little eye candy and a deadpan seriousness befitting the subject matter. That doesn’t keep them from being entertaining and engaging, though.

About the author

Justin Cone

Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.



Excellent piece! Unusual subtlety and sophistication for students.


Good job guys! i am proud to be here! =D


This is brilliant. Well done to you all!


I love this work, looks very professional :D hats off for you the team..


I wrote the script…and their work brought tears to my eyes! I was so impressed. I wrote a bit about the inspiration on my blog —

Cool piece. Well done and informative…although, being half Iranian, not a lot of Mac’s over there :)

Great work!

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