Peter Menzies Jr: Anamorphic Lens Flares

From American Cinematographer, A Few Bad Men by Jay Holben (July 1999)

"Some people think of lens flares as a photographic fault, but we used them as a motif. There are a lot of shots in General's Daughter that have huge flares running through them. I love the way that light bounces around in anamorphic lenses. When a point of light is out of focus, you get these wonderful soft oval blobs in the background, and when it's sharp, you get these amazing long flares running through the frame. If someone walks in front of the light, the flare disappears and then pops back on again. It's very interesting to me to watch that kind of imagery-- it's very real and intense."

- Peter Menzies Jr., ASC

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