The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 29, 2013

Milton native delivers visual effects for ‘The Butler’


“We were originally supposed to do a few shots and when we were finished, they had asked us to do 209 shots.”

An example of The Molecule’s work can be seen in a shot that takes place in a cotton field that had a limited number of mature plants ready to be harvested.

Using high tech computers and cutting edge software, the company digitally created a cotton field filled with snowy white cotton waiting to be harvested.

“We spent a lot of hours on ‘The Butler’ and in the end everyone was very pleased with the work,” he said. “For the company it was a huge step up to the next level since this film is being screened across the country and around the world. So we’re very excited to have been a part of it.”

The Molecule received the raw footage of the film and spent three months enhancing scenes and creating the right appearance for a film that spans several decades.

Although he was invited to the premier, Bly had given his tickets to someone else since he was involved with a major project that required his input.

“I still can’t get over it, that we worked on this film that is now number one at the box office.”

Bly credits his family, friends and his education at Milton for his success and involvement with visual effects.

“When I was going to high school, Milton has a vocational program where the students worked on different areas, including technology-based careers. I was never a great student in high school.

In fact, if I came home with grades of a high C, my parents were happy, but with the vocational classes, that was the stuff that interested me and that I did really good at. So I feel very fortunate to have had that experience and the teachers who saw what my strengths were.”

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