Not only do I resent the inventor of the lens flare, but my “to punch” list has expanded to include j.j. abrams who managed to make lens flare and 3D worse in the same fucking movie.
I wish migraines upon him.
Technically nobody ‘invented’ lens flares unless you mean the person who invented lenses, or lights, or the sun… but I think the person you are looking for is Steven Spielberg, who established in Close Encounters that lens flares = spaceships = awesome and now they are in all science fiction always.
Also sorry for my lens flares! :P
Outside of the shiny Star Trek photography, it is conventional wisdom that 3D and lens flares don’t mix, for a variety of reasons… basically since lens flares only exist inside a camera, they don’t exist in 3D space and so where do you put them when you convert to 3D? On the lens? At convergence? Nothing really works. 3D experts generally tell you to avoid them. So I don’t really see it becoming a trend.
But then I’m rather surprised that 3D is still happening so what do I know.