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When you think of J.J. Abrams’ visual style, you think of lens flares — they’re all over the place in his films like Star Trek, Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness. Some people find the streaks of light seen on screen distracting while others have accepted them as part of the director’s visual presentation.
“I know I get a lot of grief for that,” Abrams tells CraveOnline. “But I’ll tell you, there are times when I’m working on a shot, I think, ‘Oh this would be really cool … with a lens flare.’ But I know it’s too much, and I apologize. I’m so aware of it now. I was showing my wife an early cut of Star Trek Into Darkness and there was this one scene where she was literally like, ‘I just can’t see what’s going on. I don’t understand what that is.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I went too nuts on this.'”
“This is how stupid it was,” Abrams continued. “I actually had to use ILM to remove lens flare in a couple of shots, which is, I know, moronic. But I think admitting you’re an addict is the first step towards recovery.”