The History of Lens Flares in Films

Vox video producer Phil Edwards takes an interesting look at the origin, history, and recent rise in popularity of lens flares in movies.

“Lens flare: it’s familiar from the very shiny work of J.J. Abrams, but it goes far beyond his flare-strewn canon. Lens flare has a long history and a lot of different meanings.”

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