JJ Abrams has apologised to fans for over-using the lens flare effect in his films.

Abrams’ use of the photographic technique in films like Star Trek and Super 8 have been widely noticed and often mocked.

In an interview with CraveOnline he said: “I know I get a lot of grief for that. But I’ll tell you, there are times when I’m working on a shot and I think, ‘Oh this would be really cool...with a lens flare.’ But I know it’s too much and I apologise.

“I’m so aware of it now. I was showing my wife an early cut of Star Trek Into Darkness and there was this one scene where she was literally like, ‘I just can’t see what’s going on. I don’t understand what this is.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I went too nuts on this’.”

Over-using lens flare has actually created more work for him in post-production, “This is how stupid it was. I actually had to use ILM [Industrial light and magic] to remove lens flare in a couple of shots, which is, I know, moronic.

“But I think admitting you’re an addict is the first step towards recovery.”