So JJ Abrams do it and everyone is happyActually, I hated the lens flares in Star Trek. But still, the lens flares had a point of origin in that movie. Namely, lots of bright neon lights placed all over the ship's design. (How ridicolous that is on it's own right doesn't really matter, since I could visiually see the origins of the light flares.)
Shut it. Shut your mouth. Those flares we great. (And ALL real chromatic aberration/lens artifacting- even the bluescreen shots had a film background plate!)
You will hate hate hate
our next movie, Solly. I mean, whoa: it's lens flare city.
I'm not even gonna touch
the few T2 references, best stay outta those. Although I will say this for lens flares: Both parties have completely valid and truthful points, and I think people are discounting Rody's assertion that filmmakers do
sometimes say 'hey, this would look cool!' and get away with it- as they should because, well, there's nothing wrong with things being in a film for the sake of looking cool. (See: Anything in The Matrix, countless other movies.)
Is it better
if there's some justification and a 'cool-factor' element isn't completely out-of-place? Yes, of course. But it's hardly necessary- or even standard practice. In fact, a lot of 'cool' things are completely preposterous. But lens flares is an easier gamble for one reason:
They're based on real-life occurrences, and occurrences that almost always necessitate light moving a certain way and darkness in certain areas of frame. Hence we get the 'WTF?' moments when we see lens flares everywhere in full midnight blue color in broad sunlight red daylight in music videos (or in this case, this awkward-as-hell-looking fxtest/shot).
Now I won't knock the enthusiasm or use- I myself am quite partial to lens flares and as we've upgraded/continue to upgrade our equipment and shoot more at night and around appropriate locations (and genres
) I find myself trying to incorporate more in-camera lens flares JJ Abrams' style; and I'm not opposed to buying Videocopilot's Optical Flare package either.
I'll overuse the hell out of it, probably. (The same way I do my Designer Sound FX.
) But I'm still wary that it can't be used everywhere
and that lens flares, like all things for the sake of style and finesse in filmmaking, have to be used properly and in moderation. The same reason you don't have a movie entirely done on dollies: It would be silly and ridiculous way past the point where it would be considered 'cool'.
And that's that.