If you’ve seen any of J.J. Abrams movies, you know you wouldn’t be able to mistake it for anyone else’s work. Like Steven Spielberg putting a shooting star in each of his films or Alfred Hitchcock putting himself in ever one of his films, Star Wars director J.J. Abrams too has a signature that is unmistakably his.
The lens flare effect is the topic of both much acknowledgment and much debate among Abrams fans, and the director has weighed in on why he uses the flare in every one of his films. In an interview with Crave Online, Abrams said that he is addicted to the effect and can’t help but use it in all his movies.
Per Crave Online:
“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.”
Many Star Wars fans are wondering just how often the signature effect will show up in Star Wars Episode VII when it hits theaters in 2015. Chances are, we will see plenty of it given the fact Abrams admitted he used it so much he actually had to remove some of it from his latest film.
Abrams may also skip abusing the flare since Star Wars is such a traditionalist franchise and even the slightest change to the formula knifes the souls of fans. We will likely see it once, as it’s Abrams’ signature but he’s admitted he has a problem which is the first step towards recovering.