A recent interview with Crave Online reveals that director J.J. Abrams is fully aware of all the criticism he’s getting for his overuse of lens flare in his projects. In a move that will probably make you like the guy more, Abrams doesn’t defend himself but instead admits to having a tendency to go overboard:
“I know I get a lot of grief for that,” Abrams tells Crave Online. “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 apologise.
“I’m so aware of it now,” he continues. “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,” he explains. “I actually had to use ILM 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!”
What a stand-up guy. You can bet that if he was another director, he’d be defending himself by saying that you just don’t understand the depth and value of a lens flare.