The first step toward making a change is admitting you have a problem, and it seems J.J. Abrams is finally on the road to recovery.
Abrams and lens flare. It’s almost become a running joke among sci-fi fans, as the acclaimed director went positively overboard with the effect on his first Star Trek film. Not surprisingly, fans noticed, and have mercilessly blasted the director for overusing the effect.
But in an interview with Crave Online, Abrams is trying to make amends. Even he realizes it was a little too much, and he hopes not to make the mistake again in the future. So, Star Wars fans, rest easy. Or easier, at least.
Here’s an excerpt from Abrams’ surprisingly candid comments:
"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."
It’s nice to see Abrams speak so openly about his style as a director, and it’s great to know he’s listening to the fans. The final cut of Into Darkness was still a little lens flare-heavy, so we can’t imagine how wacky that initial version must’ve looked.
Are you glad to hear Abrams is finally putting the lens flare effect back on the shelf?