J.J. Abrams apologized to Star Trek fans for the amount of lens flares in Star Trek into Darkness.
His realization that there were too many lens flares in Star Trek into Darkness came about after he showed his wife an early version of the movie.
“I know I get a lot of grief for that,” he said. “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,” said Abrams. “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.”