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Entertainment

August 29, 2013

Milton native delivers visual effects for ‘The Butler’

Millions of people around the world have been impressed by Andrew Bly’s skills. However, millions of people around the world have never really seen his work.

And that’s just how Bly, a native of Milton, wants it.

Currently Bly’s unseen yet impressive visual effects work can be found across the nation at theaters screening the number one film at the box office, “The Butler.”

This technology whiz and the visual effects company he co-owns, The Molecule, have also enhanced and energized such prime time TV shows as “Smash” and “Moonshiners” and the highly anticipated premier of NBC’s “Black List.”

Not bad for someone who left Milton in 2002 with little more than a junk car, a hunger for success and a ton of determination.

Recently the New York City resident headed back to his roots, his family and friends to watch for the first time a screening of “The Butler” at the Digiplex Cinema Center at the Susquehanna Valley Mall.

“Seeing the film at the same theater my friends and I would go to while growing up was amazing and so surreal,” said Bly during a late night interview from his office in Manhattan.

“It was so surreal seeing my name at the end credits for a film that is number one at the box office and is being screened across the country. It was a great feeling of accomplishment and an amazing experience I will never forget.”

The son of Terry and Esther Bly, of Montandon, and a 2002 graduate from the Milton Area High School, he first became interested in the magic of cinema while recovering from a childhood illness which found him passing the time with his parents’ camcorder, a humble start that laid the foundation for Bly’s future career.

After earning an associate degree in film in one year from the Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla., Bly moved to New York City and started chasing his dream.

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