Abrams on going overboard with lens flare, righting his wrongs with Star Wars

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Nov 23, 2015, 4:28 PM EST

Fans are decidedly mixed on J.J Abrams’ Star Trek revival, but there’s one thing everyone can agree on — it featured a boatload of lens flare. So should we expect the same in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

The director chatted with Stephen Colbert about the film as part of a benefit for the Montclair Film Festival, and acknowledged he did go overboard with the flashy visual trick. Yeah, you could say that again. At the time, he said he thought it fit the look he wanted for Trek’s optimistic vision of the future. But, in tackling his second iconic geek franchise, Abrams said he made a point to leave the lens flare in the visual toolbox (*and a planet full of fans celebrate*).

Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

“When we were doing Trek, what I loved was this idea … that the future that they were in was so bright that it couldn’t be contained," Abrams said, explaining that he loved how many movies from his childhood had out-of-focus oval lights in the background and the lens flares on those "have a great streaky quality." And when he made Star Trek, Abrams said he told their director of photography, ‘It would be so much fun if we had that kind of look.’

I didn't think we'd have quite that number of them. I just fell in love with how it looked, and I started to get in trouble with it with people because they were like, “‘already.’ There was one scene where Alice Eve was so obliterated by a lens flare that I was showing the scene to my wife, Katie, and she was like, 'OK You know what? Enough. I can't see what this scene is about. Who is standing there?…I can't see her.’ As you'll see in the Star Wars movie, I've allowed lens flares to take a very back seat. There are a couple [moments] where you have to have them. This is not the movie; these are not the flares you're looking for.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens Dec. 18. Apparently with minimal lens flare.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)