J.J. Abrams explains why Star Wars had a lot less lens flares than Star Trek

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Mar 10, 2016

You know the first thing that comes to mind when I think J.J. Abrams? Lens flares. Lots and lots of pesky lens flares.

The director loves them so much that he completely went overboard with them, especially on his two Star Trek films, in which it got so bad, it became an inside joke. So when it was announced he’d nabbed the director’s gig for Star Wars: The Force Awakens I held my breath in fear that Abrams would be back to the same bag of tricks.

Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, and all of us heaved a sigh of relief when not only was the movie pretty darn good, but it didn’t have that many lens flares. So why did the director finally refrain from using them in the new Stars Wars movie?

It’s simple: His wife made him do it.

That’s what Abrams revealed during his appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where he was on hand to talk about 10 Cloverfield Lane, coming out Friday:

“There was one scene in Star Trek Into Darkness where you literally couldn’t see what was going on. And it was a very important, emotional scene. … And Katie just looked at me and said, ‘OK, I think this is it. At this point, you have to absolutely stop doing that.”

There you have it. I think we can all send a bunch of thank-you notes to J.J.’s wife Katie McGrath for saving us all on this one.


(via Cinema Blend)

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