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J.J. Abrams Apologizes For Lens Flares

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J.J. Abrams, feeding his addiction

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.”


  • MetaWar

    LMFAO ……………reals

  • Dan Schlitzkus

    Don’t apologize! I disagree with ya’ll – I think the lens flair helped put you into the scenes, It felt way more real and less polished. I dig it. I know it’s a style that works for Super 8 and Trek, but I think it could be toned down for Star Wars.

  • Kyle Rayner

    I hope there aren’t any of those in his Star Wars movie. I know people complained about them in Star Trek but it didn’t really bother me but Star Trek: ITD… ho boy was it annoying.

  • Trekker4747

    Ummm. The reason why filmmakers spend so much time in setting up shots and camera makers try to make cameras that don’t have lens flares is because lens flares make you AWARE of the camera and take you out of the scene. How can you feel like you really there and part of the scene when there’s bright lights obscuring your view? Vision does not work that way.

  • beane2099

    I’m not gonnna hide it. The bit about ILM having to help him remove lens flares from scenes had me cracking up.

  • Cyborg6971

    That almost killed me. One of the funniest things I’ve read all year.

  • RobM

    I think Dan’s point is that it creates an illusion of practical photography and special effects to a film that is made up of largely digital effects – realish (practical) as opposed to sterile (CGI).

  • Brian Metz

    Dear JJ Abrams, Four Rules to make Star Wars great again:

  • Doug Curtis

    The first step to healing is admission. Now, make sure you’re cured, J.J. before you get into the Star Wars films.

  • Functionally Retarded Genius

    He shouldn’t apologize for it. Nor should Snyder for his use of Slomo. It’s their movies, their styles. People should just get the fuck over it.