I'm working on a short film project for my MFA that's looking at the use of lens flare filters in film. I was wondering if one you of you would be willing to do an interview over skype. I'm just curious to hear about how/why you decide to use the filter, what the effect your going for is and how you manipulate in a given shot.
on Sep 28, 2017 at 4:14:28 pm Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Sep 28, 2017 at 4:19:42 pm
It's just a fad. A few years ago, making video look like animated line art was all the rage. Now you hardly ever see it. Fads come. They go.
Every year, there are a couple-three art director mavens who publish a list of the season's most popular colors. I recall that teal was particularly hot a few years back. Now it isn't. Tastes change.
Now, you could ask JJ Abrams why he intentionally shone lights into the camera to create practical lens flares when he shot his first Star Trek movie. That would garner you a true creative decision!
But for a lot of AE practitioners the response to the choice of lens flares would be, "it looks cool". Ask the same people a few years from now why they no longer use them you'd probably hear, "it's been overused".
I hate to bust your bubble, but that is not exactly the topic on which Masters Theses are built.
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Dave describes the use of lens flares as a design element. I think that gratuitous lens flares are certainly out of vogue right now, but subtle lens flares are still a useful tool for adding light or a sense of volume and realism to a design.
Lens flares are also valuable in compositing; if you're working new elements into a shot, it's important to be able to tie the shot together. Real lenses flare when there's a bright, visible light source in the shot, so compositing needs to include flares in those situations to feel real to the viewer.