Alright J.J. Abrams complainers, the director has seen the error of his ways. Your four year mission of pissing and moaning about lens flare may finally be over. Let’s forget that both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness were wonderful movies that brought the crew of the Starship Enterprise back into mainstream pop culture after not mattering for almost a decade.
Abrams admitted he had a problem in an interview with Crave, even admitting that his wife was annoyed.
“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,” 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.”
You see! People can change! Now shut the f*** up.