The Flare Is Strong with J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars'

Well, that didn't take long.

J.J. Abrams is known for a lot of things: his love of secrecy, his almost supernatural ability to multitask and, of course, those hipster glasses. But the first thing that pops into a lot of people's heads — or, rather, appears before their eyes — when they think of Abrams is his love of lens flare.

It's a phenomenon in cinematography that at some point went from being accidental (sometimes you just get lens flare when you're making a movie and there's light sources here and there, ya know) to being an intentional artistic flourish that represents, uh ... well, we don't really know what it does other than it might make a movie a little more self-conscious about the fact that it's, you know, a movie that's shot with a camera and stuff.

Abrams tends to go overboard with the lens flare (not that your average moviegoer would really notice such a thing unless you told them, but whatever). Upon the expectation that a J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Wars: Episode VII" might look a lot like "Star Trek" and "Super 8," see the above reference reel.

Thanks to The Wrap for the find.