The filmmakers behind Somm, a 2012 documentary detailing the competitive exam that sommeliers must pass in order to earn the designation of master sommelier, are back with Somm: Into the Bottle. In the new film, director Jason Wise and cinematographer Jackson Myers explore people’s fascination with wine and answer questions about its history and production.
Myers, who used Sony’s PMW-F55 4K camcorder for most of the documentary, recalls, “We knew this shoot would take us around the world, so we needed a camera that could easily travel with us and that wouldn’t slow us down. The F55 handled those scenarios without a problem, but what we loved in particular about the F55 was the image.
“It really excelled in low-light situations, especially in wine cellars, where natural light was our only source,” the cinematographer continues. “The way the camera renders colors in low light is astounding—it looks like a natural environment, so it’s not drawing your attention away from the image. It allows you to visualize these dark cellars the way your eyes would.”
Wise adds, “The F55 really shines in challenging environments. Being able to shoot black fungus in a jet black room filled with black bottles … is a big testament to a camera’s ability. It’s situations like that where we can actually say we could not have made the film without the F55.”