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Zak Penn (written by)
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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
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
Music Department
Lorne Balfe .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Erik Bright .... publicist
Willie Cameron .... location consultant
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 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | USA:PG-13

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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 »
Werner Herzog:I couldn't believe Zak stole the lifeboat. I had only one thought on my mind: if I survive this, I was gonna find Zak Penn, and I would hunt him down, and I would strangle him with my two hands.See more »
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42 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Everything The Blair Witch Project and The Last Broadcast wanted to be!, 5 March 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

The film appears to be a documentary about John Bailey making a documentary, "Herzog in Wonderland", about director Werner Herzog, who is himself undertaking a documentary seeking the truth behind the Loch Ness Monster and the cultural facts that lead to such beliefs. We witness Herzog and his crew from the earliest stages of their supposed documentary. Problems begin creeping up almost immediately, growing in severity until everyone's documentaries are abandoned in a climactic horrific incident--the Incident at Loch Ness.

This is really a brilliant film. The appearance is just a conceit. What's really going on is a very clever nested mockumentary that is basically This is Spinal Tap (1984) meets The Blair Witch Project (1999) in attitude and tone, with the twist that our protagonists are not fictional characters, but real people playing spoofed version of themselves.

Similar to some other recent faux documentaries, Incident at Loch Ness plays with the difference between truth and falsehood, fact and fiction, cinematic illusions and reality, while explicitly claiming to explore the same, occasionally untruthfully, in a cinematic equivalent to Epimenides' famous paradox, where a Cretan is claiming that "All Cretans are liars". It's sly enough to even make a committed postmodernist's head spin, and unlike other attempts at similar material from other filmmakers, Incident at Loch Ness has insightful things to say on many different levels--the postmodern playfulness isn't just pretentious here.

In fact, this is the film, minus the humor perhaps, that The Blair Witch Project and The Last Broadcast (1988) wanted to be. Unlike those films, here documentary really seems like documentary. First-time director Zak Penn (who is an experienced screenwriter) is smart and knowledgeable enough to know that documentaries (and even home movies) do not tend to look like they were filmed by someone having a seizure (both BWP and TLB), and they do not tend to feature monotone, extremely amateur comments from the faux interviewees which are then arbitrarily edited into frequently repeating snippets (TLB). Penn's intelligent approach results in Incident at Loch Ness feeling "real", which is exactly what it needs to do. The verisimilitude is only belied by the very funny, increasingly absurdest plot, when we're firmly in This is Spinal Tap territory.

Like This is Spinal Tap, Incident at Loch Ness is as funny as it is because it is so close to the truth. It only slightly exaggerates what really happens in the world of film and television--the ridiculous moves by producers in the hope of creating a more profitable product, the personality clashes and often "political" and subversive machinations in behind-the-scenes relationships, the toying with "the real" in reality shows and documentaries--giving the satire a lot more weight. For Herzog fans, there is a hilarious spoof overview of his past work near the beginning of the film, and fans will also simply delight in Herzog being able to poke fun at himself so easily and naturalistically.

But in trumping BWP and TLB, Incident at Loch Ness is a very realistic horror film as well, with horror coming not only in the climax when some characters end up dead, but all throughout the film with various minor disasters/problems, all threatening to send the feigned Herzog documentary to hell in a hand basket.

Incident at Loch Ness wouldn't have worked without excellent performances, making it even more notable in that the majority of the cast are not most well known, or even very experienced in some cases, as actors. The DVD is worth checking out, as Penn and Herzog do the main commentary in character. There are ample deleted scenes and lots of Easter eggs, as well, including hidden "serious" commentary.

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