One of the more ridiculous complaints bouncing around the ‘net about J.J. Abrams new Star Trek film has been regarding the film’s use of lens flares.
In fact, fan whining and whinging about this visual choice grew to such a degree Abrams was forced to address the issue in a press conference:
I know what you’re saying with the lens flares. It was one of those things… I wanted a visual system that felt unique. I know there are certain shots where even I watch and think, “Oh that’s ridiculous, that was too many.” But I love the idea that the future was so bright it couldn’t be contained in the frame.
…They were all done live, they weren’t added later. There are something about those flares, especially in a movie that can potentially be very sterile and CG and overly controlled. There is something incredibly unpredictable and gorgeous about them.
We know fans love to complain. But about lens flares? Really … really?
For the record, we like the lens flares. But more than that we champion Abrams search for a new look. One that feels organic and counters the sterile quality of many CGI heavy films.
Update: We originally posted this story two years ago. (Two years ago!) But it still gets tons of hits every day. And generates vigorous debates. Whudda thunkit? You all know our stance on the matter by now. But just to prove we’re not without a sense of humor about the whole thing, here’s Shiznit’s take on the J.J./Less Flare debate in their parody poster for Super 8. Yup, we laughed too!
You can check out the poster they’re parodying here.