This Is How We Reached Peak Lens Flare
A masterclass in directing like Michael Bay.
Lens flare — whatever you do, you can’t get away from it in today’s blockbusters. As with all trends, there is indeed a long history behind this cinematic phenomenon, which Vox has investigated in the above video. Beginning in the counter-culture of the late-’60s, through later adoption by big names such as Steven Spielberg, and finally its over-saturation today at the hands of Michael Bay and J.J. Abrams, educate yourself on the story of this divisive visual effect and how it’s made, and impress your friends with this newfound knowledge at the next installment of Transformers.