J.J. Abrams Apologizes for Lens Flare, Plus: Ways to Save 'Star Wars' and How 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Should've Ended

J.J. Abrams Apologizes for Lens Flare, Plus: Ways to Save 'Star Wars' and How 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Should've Ended

Oct 01, 2013

JJ AbramsIt’s J.J. Abrams’ world and we’re all apparently just living in it as today’s roundup of Abrams’ flavored news proves. Cheer up – at least it’s not Uwe Boll’s world, right?

There’s a huge amount of pressure on Abrams at the moment – taking over the Star Wars universe is a big deal, particularly after George Lucas kinda ruined the whole thing with his less-than-thrilling prequels. Fans everywhere are offering the filmmaker their two cents on how to make sure Episode VII is as magical as the original trilogy, and while Abrams would be foolish to let the fans dictate the direction his film travels in, there have been some pretty good ideas that we hope Abrams is hearing.

Case in point: this awesome fan-made video.

YouTube user TrumanPDX crafted this video letter to Abrams highlighting four things he should do that will make Star Wars great again. Looking at his four suggestions, I’m in 100% agreement with his choices (particularly number three – was there anything worse than the prequels’ attempts to explain the Force?). Have a look at the video below (which is not only full of good ideas, but some really cool animation too) and see if you agree. [via Blastr]

Next up, we get to see a humbler side of the filmmaker.

It’s become a bit of a running gag that J.J. Abrams’ films will feature an overwhelming number of shots with blinding lens flares in them, and the filmmaker is aware of the issue – and has now gone so far as to apologize for the overuse of the visual technique and promises to include less of them in the future. See? Abrams does listen – there could be hope for Star Wars after all.

Abrams spoke with CraveOnline recently and had this to say on the topic:

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."

Abrams is right – the first step to recovery is admission. I wonder if there’s a Betty Ford program to help you get over this sort of addiction. Hopefully this will inspire Abrams to cut back on the flares moving forward. There’s a time and a place for everything.

Finally, the How It Should Have Ended crew show us how Abrams should have concluded Star Trek Into Darkness. Man, if Abrams has people second -guessing his Star Trek endings, things could get really hairy with Star Wars, eh? [via Comic Book Movie]




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