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Incident at Loch Ness -- Mockumentary about a film crew led by Werner Herzog attempting to make a movie about Loch Ness.


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Writer (WGA):
Zak Penn (written by)
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Release Date:
17 September 2004 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Werner Herzog ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)

Kitana Baker ... Herself

Gabriel Beristain ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)

Russell Williams II ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV) (as Russell Williams)
David A. Davidson ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Michael Karnow ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Robert O'Meara ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)

Zak Penn ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Steven Gardner ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
John Bailey ... Crew of Herzog in Wonderland

Matthew Nicolay ... Crew of Herzog in Wonderland
Tanja Koop ... Crew of Herzog in Wonderland
Marty Signore ... Crew of Herzog in Wonderland
Elisabeth Beristain ... Party Guest
Katherine Ferwerda ... Party Guest

Crispin Glover ... Party Guest

Jeff Goldblum ... Himself
Lena Herzog ... Party Guest

Ricky Jay ... Party Guest
Alexa Lauren ... Party Guest
Sophia Penn ... Party Guest

Pietro Scalia ... Party Guest
Missy Stewart ... Party Guest
Jenno Topping ... Party Guest
Michele Weiss ... Party Guest
David Wilson ... Party Guest
Greg Atkins
Fraser Campbell
Annie Dunn
May Greaves
James Gilligan
Peter Keith
Michael Scott-Law ... Angry Man at Bar
Lance Stockton
E.J. Tembo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen A. Marinaccio II ... Propmaster
Adrian Shine ... Himself
Martin Signore
David Wilson

Directed by
Zak Penn 
Writing credits
Zak Penn (written by)

Produced by
Jana Augsberger .... co-producer
Thomas Augsberger .... executive producer
Robert O. Green .... associate producer
Werner Herzog .... producer
Gary Marcus .... co-producer
Zak Penn .... producer
Jay Rifkin .... executive producer
Lance Stockton .... associate producer
Original Music by
Henning Lohner 
Cinematography by
John Bailey 
Film Editing by
Abby Schwarzwalder 
Howard E. Smith 
Art Direction by
Katherine Ferwerda 
Caireen Todd 
Costume Design by
Annie Dunn 
Makeup Department
Caroline Hamilton .... makeup hair supervisor
Production Management
Stephen A. Marinaccio II .... unit production manager
Heidi Tebo .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Signore .... assistant director
Art Department
Nathan Amondson .... storyboard artist
Greg Atkins .... property master
Muir Balfour .... carpenter
Ross Balfour .... construction coordinator
Mark Russell .... property master
Sound Department
Steven Avila .... sound designer
Michael J. Fox .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael J. Fox .... supervising sound editor
Michael J. Fox .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Patrick Giraudi .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter D. Lago .... assistant sound editor
Matthew Nicolay .... sound mixer
Jackie Rodman .... sound editor (as Jackie Oster)
Geordy Sincavage .... foley walker
Geordy Sincavage .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Michael Deak .... puppeteer
Michael Deak .... special effects technician
Garth Inns .... special effects supervisor
Mark Roberts .... special effects technician
Lee Winter .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Jorge Almeida .... lead designer: Black Box Digital
Shawn Broes .... digital mastering editor
Kent Demaine .... visual effects supervisor: Black Box Digital
Greg Eldridge .... film record technician
Karin Levinson .... visual effects producer: Black Box Digital
Will Robbins .... creative supervisor: Black Box Digital
Mark Russell .... visual effects supervisor
Michael Scott-Law .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Fraser Campbell .... electrician
Jason Cochard .... gaffer
Steven Gardner .... focus puller
James Gilligan .... gaffer
Lena Herzog .... still photographer
Peter Keith .... camera operator: additional photography
Tanja Koop .... director of photography: second unit
John 'Fest' Sandau .... gaffer: Los Angeles
Editorial Department
Joe Finley .... digital intermediate colorist
Neil Jariwala .... assistant editor
Stephen A. Marinaccio II .... post-production assistant
Michael E. Phillips .... post-production consultant
Location Management
Willie Cameron .... location consultant
Music Department
Lorne Balfe .... composer: additional music
Charles A. Wolschon .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Erik Bright .... publicist
Marisa Clayton .... project coordinator
David Davidson .... marine coordinator
Steve Feltham .... consultant: Loch Ness area
Lisa Fullenkamp .... production assistant
Peter Keith .... production assistant
Bob MacRae .... lead diver
Lauren McAuliffe .... script supervisor
Tod Mercy .... chief executive liaison: Scotland
Robert O'Meara .... production coordinator
Elana Saviolis .... post audio coordinator
Adrian Shine .... consultant: Loch Ness area
Sinead Smyth .... production assistant
E.J. Tembo .... production assistant
Audra Whaley .... assistant production coordinator
Joe Piscatella .... thanks

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | USA:PG-13

Did You Know?

Zak Penn and Werner Herzog perform the DVD commentary while still in character, trading insults frequently, scolding each other and referring to a fake legal agreement that presumably would have been reached after the events take of the film take place. Their argument gets so heated that Herzog 'leaves' and the commentary stops and then restarts, this time hosted by Penn and producer Jana Augsberger.See more »
Zak Penn:Yes, I named the boat Discovery 4. That was my idea. I thought it sounded cool. It was very important to me to build a credible expedition, that's why I had the jumpsuits, that's why I had that sonar. I wanted people to think and to feel like this was an authentic expedition to find the Loch Ness Monster. Jacques Cousteau didn't go out in a boat called, you know, the Tweety Bird. You know, it had some cool name, I don't know what it was, but I'm sure it was cool. And...See more »
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Ridiculously funny!, 16 March 2005
Author: viddywell9 from United States

This film is answers the age-old question, "what would a Herzog documentary look like if taken the way of Spinal Tap?" That's right, after decades of stunning works and intimate studies, Herzog has finally gone and made (or at least involved himself in)... a Mockumentary.

I caught this on the Canadian Documentary channel the other night and was floored by Herzog's famously dry wit, and the utter ridiculousness of the film itself. It's essentially a Herzog project where all pretense of objectivity is supposedly embedded within one film crew as it studies the workings of yet another in the creation of a second Herzog documentary. This documentary is a study of the "Loch Ness" phenomenon, one aimed at taking Herzog's incisive wit (superb UFO quote in the beginning of the film) and great eye to the people involved with, and the history of the subject. OK, straight forward enough. But when a series of events begin to cripple the production, Herzog and his merry band are ultimately drawn into a situation even murkier than the depths of the lake they're studying...

Typical film class issues like Herzog's use of truth vs. the lies implicit in film are given a tongue-in-cheek treatment as the two crews begin to bicker and expose one another, and recurrent themes like Herzog vs. big boats (Fitzcarraldo) are made light of and just as quickly thrown about the wayside, alongside any semblance of reason or prudence. What is left is a fascinating exploration of what a funny sense of humor Herzog has, I mean, who else could include a cameo by Jeff Goldblum, the crew of a boat searching for a mythical fish, ridiculous matching jumpsuits, and clever references to Jacques Cousteau without incurring the wrath of Wes Anderson? Oh, yeah, this film also features brief, albeit fitting, appearances by Crispin Glover and Yucca roots. Genius!!!

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