10/01/2013 09:08 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

J.J. Abrams Apologizes For Using Lens Flares In 'Star Trek'

J.J. Abrams used so many lens flares in 2009's "Star Trek" that College Humor was able to cut together a nearly nine-minute video compiling each instance of bright light.

"I wanted a visual system that felt unique," Abrams told io9.com at a 2009 press conference when asked about his reliance on lens flares. "I know there are certain shots where even I watch and think, 'Oh that's ridiculous, that was too many.' But I love the idea that the future was so bright it couldn't be contained in the frame."

Abrams never stopped using lens flare -- the trick is present throughout the "Star Trek" sequel, "Star Trek Into Darkness" -- but in an interview with Crave Online, he admitted that it has become a problem.

"I know I get a lot of grief for that," Abrams 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.'"

"Star Trek Into Darkness" is out on Blu-ray and DVD now. Abrams' full, candid interview with Crave can be viewed below.

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