J.J. Abrams Finally Apologizes for All Those Lens Flares in 'Star Trek'
This is definitely going to rile up the Trekkies. Over the last four years since J.J. Abrams directed and delivered Star Trek, Super 8 and the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, many (many) people have complained about his overuse of lens flare in the movies. In an interview conducted just a few weeks ago (likely for the Blu-ray release of Into Darkness), Abrams finally manned up and admitted he has a problem: he's addicted to lens flares. "I think admitting you're an addict is the first step towards recovery," he said. J.J. explains it was his wife, of all people, who finally got him to realize just how much he went overboard with lens flares.
"I know I get a lot of grief for that," says Abrams. "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," J.J. Abrams added. "I actually had to use ILM [Industrial Light & Magic] 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."
For the full interview and quote in context, head to CraveOnline. Of course it was his wife, whom he has said is an important person in many ways in his life (she was the one who convinced him to do Star Wars), that made him look at all the lens flares in a different light (no pun intended). For me personally, Abrams' lens flares never really bothered me in the way they really bothered many other moviegoers. Unless they were obnoxiously overused, I felt they added to the atmosphere. Luckily I haven't ended up in many debates, however I'm well aware there was always a bitter discussion about his lens flares every time a trailer would hit. Maybe this is a hint there won't be any in Star Wars? We'll have to wait and see. What do you think?