J.J. Abrams is sorry about all the lens flares

“Star Trek” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams knows you’ve been making jokes about his overuse of lens flares in his work — you know, those shapes that glow across the screen whenever a light is pointed at the camera? — but don’t worry, he’s gotten all of that out of his system. He swears.

“I’m over that,” he promised during a chat with Chris Rock at the Tribeca Film Festival. “For a period of time, on ‘Star Trek,’ there was this idea we had that the future was so bright that it just couldn’t be contained. I overdid it, then I went further, and then on the second ‘Star Trek’ movie I went nuts. We all make mistakes. Mine were with light. We literally had flashlights. The flares weren’t put in in post. We had these flashlights and we aimed them right at the lens.”

As long as he’s learned his lesson, I suppose.

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