Originally Posted by Aliens
I also suspect the majority of movie goers don’t know what lens flare is.
I once went to a movie starring an actress who was, at the time of the film's release, quite far along in a pregancy. When that actress showed up on screen for the first time (without a baby bump), the woman seated behind loudly exclaimed, "What?! I thought she was pregnant!!!"
It did not even remotely occur to her that the movie had been shot months-to-years earlier. She was completely mystified as to why this actress didn't look 8 months pregnant on screen, when she'd just seen the woman on the cover of People magazine with a huge baby belly.
Obviously, the majority of moviegoers don't know what a lens flare is. The majority of them have no concept whatsoever of how movies are made or what filmic techniques are.
Of the 50 million+ people worldwide who bought tickets to see Abrams' Star Trek movie in the theater, I would conservatively estimate that a grand total of 23 of them have ever complained about lens flares. (To be clear: That's 23 people, not 23 million.) 18 of them post on this forum.