That’s how many lens flares appear in Star Trek, as Stephen Colbert told J.J. Abrams during a spirited Saturday evening fundraiser for New Jersey’s Montclair Film Festival. It’s something Abrams has been dinged about in a number of his more recent films, including Super 8 and both Treks, so Colbert called him on it during their two-hour chat.
If that term is unfamiliar to you, here’s what it looks like in Trek:
Notice the way the light kind of washes over the frame? That’s the visual after effect of light scatter in a lens, and it’s called lens flare. …