Watch: Just How Many Lens Flares Did J.J. Abrams Use in 'Star Trek'?

January 22, 2015

Star Trek

Pretty much everyone is well aware of the abundance of lens flares in the reboot of Star Trek from director J.J. Abrams, so much that it's become a bit of a tired joke to even reference that element of the film anymore. And to put the nail in the coffin, fan Dylan Browne decided to put together a video showing and counting every single lens flare that appears in Star Trek. And if that wasn't enough, he also went through the trouble to see how many lens flares were also in the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. Browne says that even he underestimated just how many lens flares there were in the film. Watch below!

Here's all the lens flares in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek (via SlashFilm):

And here's all the lens flares in Star Trek Into Darkness:

For those who just want the fast answer, Browne found 721 lens flares in Star Trek, and he even notes that all the footage (when it's not sped up) actually accounts for about a third of the film's running time. That's a lot of lens flares. And in case you were wondering whether or not Abrams decided to lighten up the load of lens flares when he directed the sequel, Star Trek into Darkness actually has over 100 more lens flares with a total of 826. However, the lens flares in the sequel do seem a little less intrusive than in the first film. Anyway, let this be the last we gripe and joke about the abundance of lens flares in Star Trek.

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments


You can never have enough lens flare.

CoolwhipSpecial on Jan 22, 2015


We just call it "flare"

TheOct8pus on Jan 24, 2015


Am I the only one who liked them?

OfficialJab on Jan 22, 2015


So how many will be in Star Wars 7???

theslayer5150 on Jan 22, 2015


There must be none! Otherwise Darth Lensflare will punish JJ permanently!

MLTC on Jan 22, 2015


There are already a couple in the teaser trailer...

TheOct8pus on Jan 24, 2015


Star Trek: Attack Of The Lens Flare Syndrome.

Mike Zarquon on Jan 22, 2015


Love lens flare, always have and always will. Spielberg and many other directors have used it as an atmospheric tool long before Abrams.

Nick on Jan 22, 2015


Did Videocopilot get involved with the lens flare action before or after JJ started doing them? It's a strange thing the lens flare because it only comes from the camera not a human eye. I don't really mind them that much.

Carpola on Jan 23, 2015


I don't understand the artificial CG lens flares...sure, every once in a while, but wow....come on, JJ!!

TheOct8pus on Jan 24, 2015

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