Sadly for J.J Abrams, Star Trek criticism isn’t new, for his beloved creations Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) have consistently been slammed by lifelong Trekkies; who feel the movie franchise has failed to capture the spirit, scope, and intelligence of classic Star Trek. However, the director has recently admitted he went over the top with the abundance of lens flares.
Speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival, Abrams revealed the reasoning behind the excessive lighting: “For a period of time, on Star Trek, there was this idea we had that the future was so bright that it just couldn’t be contained”. He continued, confessing he took it too far: “I overdid it, then I went further, and then on the second Star Trek movie I went nuts. We all make mistakes. Mine were with light”.
Abrams even revealed the rather shoddy tactics they used to create the lens flares: “We literally had flashlights. The flares weren’t put in in post. We had these flashlights and we aimed them right at the lens”. With regards to the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, Abrams decided to step down from the director’s chair due to his busy schedule directing The Force Awakens, but has remained as a producer.
Set for release on 22 July, returning crew members include the obvious Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (McCoy), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu), Zoe Saldana (Uhura) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov); with Idris Elba set to star as Krall – an enemy of the Enterprise. Watch the trailer below: