With limited experience but an impressive array of skills and a strong determination, Bly landed an internship with a well-known music video production company before moving into a year as production coordinator with the hip-hop trio The Beastie Boys and their own production company where he honed his skills and worked long hours.
In 2005, a mere three years after graduating from high school, Bly joined forces with Chris Healer, Luke DiTommasoa, two tech experts, to found The Molecule, a visual effects company specializing in TV and independent films.
“We go in and enhance a lot of the scenes to make them look more impressive or to add certain elements that could not be done in real life,” Bly said. “An example of what we do would be a shot we worked on for the TV show ‘Rescue Me’ where the lead character is falling through a warehouse that is on fire. Since the actors and the budget could not involve a real building on fire, we added those segments in and when we were done, you really think this guy is crashing through this warehouse that is a blaze of fire and smoke.”
Other shows Bly and the company have worked on include “Louie,” “The League,” “Damages,” and many others.
“For some shows the production company sends us the work and we add in the visual components they want and for other shows we’ll have someone on set during the filming to help us be able to get the right setting or angels,” he said. “Our job is to make it appear as if we never did anything and the visuals we added were always there.”
For their work on “The Butler,” Bly and his crew were recommended by someone they had worked with before who knew the company had high standards and an impressive list of accomplishments.