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New 30 Second 'Super 8' Clip Has At Least 30 Lens Flares In It

by Edward Davis
May 16, 2011 10:00 AM
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Ok, So Maybe There's Only 15 Or So...

After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon. This is the premise of J.J. Abrams' upcoming new suspense thriller/monster-movie-to-be/obsession-with-being-the-child-of Steven Spielberg pic, titled "Super 8" (ok, so it's a homage to youth and Super 8 home movies as well).

And boy, you saw "Star Trek" so you know Abrams' looooves lens flares which are on serious display here in pretty much every frame. Starring Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich plus relative newcomer kids Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths and Ryan Lee, with, it would appear, a special guest appearance by Professor Lens Flare; a new :30 second clip will have you believe that Abrams' favorite trick of the light is also a character in the film.

Due June 10, the new spot features the Cars' "Bye Bye Love," and looks well, rather thrilling in the best popcorn, escapist, Spielberg-ian way (obviously a mish-mash of all the Amblin years), but dude, maybe cool it on the lens flares just slightly? We've only just got through watching Kenneth Branagh try to marry the dutch angle across two hours of "Thor." Even so, still looks like the best mainstream movie of the summer. Watch the clip below, plus another new-ish TV spot that have been making the rounds of late.


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  • david | June 15, 2011 12:19 PMReply

    check out my #IfJJAbramsDirected twitter hashtag then fire up Photoshop and play along! it'll be lens-flare-spectacular.

  • doctor fart | May 19, 2011 2:55 AMReply

    if i was LA2000 i'd stab myself in the crotch to teach myself a lesson about being an arrogant dickhead with too much criticism coursing through my veins.

  • LA2000 | May 18, 2011 8:56 AMReply

    Gee, I hope that's not an actual clip because the cutting is almost incomprehensible. It's as if someone stood beside the editor screaming "faster." It has no build. No art. Just a hurried mess. And it feels absolutely nothing like Spielberg, a man who knew how to take his time and create mood and suspense.

    And people, those "flares" are mostly (if not entirely) digital. They are post production fakes. And yes, they put in waaaaay too many. It's almost more of an insecure visual tick than an homage to anamorphic filmmaking.

    I hope this clip is just an aberration of misguided marketing and does not in any substantive way reflect the actual movie. Because I was really looking forward to this.

    And now, not so much.

  • up all night | May 18, 2011 2:01 AMReply


  • Gilbag | May 17, 2011 7:12 AMReply

    JJ has anamorphic lenses on his glasses

  • Lt. Riggs | May 17, 2011 4:29 AMReply

    all of you people are catty bitches.

  • Christopher Bell | May 17, 2011 4:22 AMReply

    Kevin Klawitter,

    What's a "gutys"

  • rodie | May 17, 2011 3:55 AMReply

    Is that really how this film is cut? It feels way way way too fast to me. It's a 30 second clip and there's no room to breathe in it at all.

  • tristan eldritch | May 16, 2011 11:41 AMReply

    The point made in the article is completely justified. The clip looks beautiful....except for the damn lens flares.

  • Kevin Klawitter | May 16, 2011 10:43 AMReply

    That last sentence came out wrong. Let me rephrase:

    I don't come here because I think the writers are funny. I come here because you're great at reporting the latest movie news.

  • Kevin Klawitter | May 16, 2011 10:42 AMReply

    Yeah, I take comedy seriously. Why shouldn't I? Is there something noble about laughing at the mematic nonsense that's only considered funny because it's been constantly repeated?

    And I don't come here because I think the writers are talented. I come here because you guys are great at getting news.

  • Edward Davis | May 16, 2011 10:37 AMReply

    "I get accused of being humorless a lot whem I’m on the internet. "

    You don't say? ;)

    "What you practice here is snark at best."
    Maybe we just don't take it all as seriously as you? It's not particularly mean-spirited. Have you never heard of simultaneous send-up and celebration?

    Anyhow, as always, feel free to change the channel instead of hurt yourself.

  • Daniel | May 16, 2011 10:36 AMReply

    Oh, we get it. It's just that J.J. seems to be the only one who gets the jabs. There are very few filmmakers out there who are loyal to anamorphic glass, but J.J. seems to love the look it gives him. 'Star Trek' went overboard, yes, but in more ways than just lens flares.

  • Kevin Klawitter | May 16, 2011 10:30 AMReply

    Edward, if you gutys were actually making JOKES, i might think it was funny. Thing is, you're not.

    What you practice here is snark at best. You expect us to laugh at a J.J. Abrams-related article simply because the term "lens flare" is mentioned, and it's become inexplicably cool to A) hate them and B) associate them with J.J. Abrams. Where's the satiric slant? What's the perspective? Where's the joke?

    I get accused of being humorless a lot whem I'm on the internet. I can accept that. I just expect a sense of perspective, logic, intelligence to my comedy, instead of just bandwagon snark and mean-spiritedness.

  • Liam | May 16, 2011 10:27 AMReply

    I never had a problem with lens flare, people say they are annoying but I didn't even notice them much in Star Trek.

  • Edward Davis | May 16, 2011 10:22 AMReply

    humor, humor, humor. You guys might not think it's funny, but like tongue-in-cheek, people. Why do you insist on missing the part where we say it's the best looking movie of the summer. Oh people....

  • Kevin Klawitter | May 16, 2011 10:21 AMReply

    Daniel, once something becomes cool to hate, nobody is allowed to ask why it's a bad thing. You just have to accept it as bad. It makes no sense, but that's the way the internet hate machine works, unfortunately.

  • Daniel | May 16, 2011 10:07 AMReply

    What's with the hatred of lens flares? Part of the beauty of the anamorphic lens IS the flare. Do you hate 'Die Hard'? That movie is J.J's wet dream.

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