J.J. Abrams Admits He Went a Little Bonkers on Lens Flares

October 2, 2013


Always-secretive director J.J. Abrams has at last broken his long silence on whether he's been going out of his fucking mind on lens flares. Turns out, yes. Yes, he has. And speaking to Crave, he not only copped to as much but apologized, which is pretty nice to hear from a guy about to make a movie about swinging lightsabers around.

"I know I get a lot of grief for that," says Abrams. "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," J.J. Abrams added. "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."

Abrams had no apologies for all his films' shots similarly-obscured by daddy issues. He loves those shots, and hopes they love him too, even if they don't say it.

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