J.J. Abrams Is Sorry About The Lens Flare

A lot of well-regarded major feature film directors have their own distinct quirks which can turn off some audiences to their work.

Paul Greengrass’ constant use of shakycam, Zack Snyder’s love of slow motion, Tarantino’s repetitive mix of pop culture monologues and excessive violence, the needlessly long runtimes of Peter Jackson and Judd Apatow movies, and Michael Bay’s… well, you know.

Another filmmaker with his own distinct quirk is J.J. Abrams. While it wasn’t noticed in “Mission: Impossible 3,” since he took the helm of 2009’s “Star Trek” he has come under criticism for one specific thing in his last three films – overuse of lens flare.

In an interview with Crave Online, Abrams says he’s not only aware of the problem, he’s taking steps to rectify it:

“I know I get a lot of grief for that. 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… I actually had to use [special effects company] ILM to remove lens flare in a couple of shots, which is moronic. But I think admitting you’re an addict is the first step towards recovery.”