In the below supercut, editor Jacob T. Swinney showcases over 50 examples of one of J.J. Abrams’ (and many other directors’) favorite techniques: the lens flare.
As Swinney writes himself, “Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap. While some are simply a stylistic element (and some are even mistakes), there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic uses of light scattering through the lens. Here is a compilation showcasing the many different types and uses of lens flares in a variety of films.”
Watch below and see the list of movies Swinney used here.