JJ Abrams Apologises For Lens Flare Addiction

J.J. Abrams has not only finally admitted his obvious addiction to unnecessary lens flare, but he’s even go so far as to apologize for his previous excessive use. Whilst the constant flashes of light have become Abrams most mocked stylistic signature, the director seems to have learned his lesson making Star Trek, hopefully just in time to save the new Star Wars saga from a  similar fate.

Here’s what Abrams himself had to say about it in a recent interview with Crave:

“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 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.”

Good luck J.J. and may the force be with you.

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