Star Trek XI Director J.J. Abrams explained why he did certain things in making the movie, such as using plenty of lens flares and not having the film shot digitally.
As reported by Post Magazine, Abrams elected to have Star Trek XI shot in 35mm anamorphic instead of having it done digitally as is often the case with science-fiction films. “I knew this movie would have a great deal of computer generated visual effects in it and I knew that’s the reason Star Wars films have been shot with a great deal of blue or greenscreen and digitally, and I was nervous about that,” said Abrams. “I wanted this film to feel distinct from those. I didn’t want to have a given about how many effects would be created. I didn’t want there to be this artifice to the movie, even though it’s called Star Trek, even though it’s a fantasy future sci-fi. I wanted it to feel as sort of tangible and gritty and real as possible.” (more…)