Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams loves lens flares, a technique that makes it look like a light is so bright, it causes a flash in the camera. These were widely used in Abrams' 2009 Star Trek reboot, and made a bit of a comeback in Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams clearly loved his (widely talked about and even mocked) lens flares, but what does he think now?
"I know I get a lot of grief for that," Abrams admitted to CraveOnline, going on to say that he "actually had to use [Industrial Light & Magic] to remove lens flares in a couple of shots, which is, I know, moronic." But is there hope for the lens-flare addict? "I think admitting you're an addict is the first step towards recovery," he joked.
All this begs the question: will we see lens flares in Star Wars Episode VII? My guess is that, even if there are some flares, it won't be to the level of Star Trek. The idea behind using lens flares in Star Trek was that the 23rd Century future was so bright and so squeaky clean that those flares would be naturally occurring if you stuck a camera on the Enterprise. The design of Star Wars has always had a bit more grit, though, with a functional look rather than a sleek one.
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