Adam Butcher’s Bradley Manning Had Secrets is a superb marriage of form and content. Using transcripts of actual online conversations that jailed US soldier/whistleblower/hacktivist Bradley Manning had with Adrian Lamo, Butcher offers a compelling portrait of the individual responsible for one of the biggest security leaks in modern history.
With the release of Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, it’s safe to say that the choppy 8-bit animation style has finally jumped the shark, but Bradley Manning Had Secrets is a rare instance where the drama is made more authentic by situating the characters in a lo-fi universe. The animation was created by rotoscoping live-action footage at a super low resolution. There are making-of videos HERE and HERE.
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