May 12, 2009
The Future Is Bright Indeed
Saw Star Trek. Yes, it’s great fun. But I want to take a moment to celebrate a contributor not noted on the IMDb page. Really, it ought to read: “Star Trek (2009), starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and… SOOO MANY LENS FLARES.”
Lens flares are all over Star Trek, even — especially — when there’s no bright light on screen. They’re different shapes, different colors, but they’re omnipresent. They streak across the frame, across characters’ faces:
They’re most evident on the bridge of the Enterprise, but even in dark and dingy scenes, there’s the suggestion of something luminous just off-camera:
Maybe it was my imagination, but it even felt like the flares had a certain character-specific quality, like the recurring melodies in Peter and the Wolf. Spock’s flare was long and linear, straight across the eyes:
Kirk’s flare was a spark of pink light circling his face. It’s hard to see here — look for the three bars hovering over the scratch on his cheek:
Anyway. Some people thought the near-constant flaring was overdone. I found it totally enchanting. Here’s a bit of the behind-the-scenes story.