Watch This: A Cinema Compilation of Lens Flares to Make J.J. Proud

November 1, 2015
Source: Vimeo

Cinema Compilation of Lens Flares

From the same editor who just made the Magic Hour video we recently featured, Jacob T. Swinney, comes another must see tribute to cinematography. We all know it's a cliche joke to say that J.J. Abrams loves lens flares, but it turns out so do a lot of other great filmmakers (and cinematographers). This video tribute or supercut or "cinema compilation" or whatever you want to call it features a whole bunch of outstanding lens flare shots in movies of all kinds. Besides J.J., there are films from PTA, Edgar Wright, Zack Snyder, Malick, Spielberg, Rian Johnson, Tarantino, and many others. I'm a fan of lens flares, I think they can add a strong dynamic when used well, and this video has so many stellar examples of lens flares being used well. Enjoy.

Thanks to SlashFilm for the tip on this. Description from Vimeo: "Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap. While some are simply a stylistic element (and some are even mistakes), there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic uses of light scattering through the lens. Here is a compilation showcasing the many different types and uses of lens flares in a variety of films." The video was made by Jacob T. Swinney (on Vimeo), the same guy who made the recent Magic Hour video as well as the final-first-frame comparison and the video featuring 2014's most beautiful cinematography. Compare this tribute to the video where they literally counted exactly how many lens flares J.J. used in Star Trek, plus there was that time J.J. even apologized.

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Personally, I love a good lens flare, especially when used with the sun it can bring some real gravitas to a scene.

DAVIDPD on Nov 1, 2015

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