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“Bradley Manning Had Secrets” By Adam Butcher

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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  • That was marvelous. Bravo. I don’t think rotoscoping gets enough credit these days. Some people say it has a bad rep. I think it looks great. I especially like the minimalist look of the animation. Not only that, but I’m getting some serious “Out of this World” vibes. That was a video game that used the same kind of rotoscoped/pixilated graphics that were used in this film. I wish more animators would do stuff like this. Minimalism. Dramatic storytelling. Producing so much with so little. All through animation. This is great. Thank you so much.