Posted on Oct 31, 2008 in Featured, Productions | Comments Off on Short Video: “The Tragic Death of Spineless Toady”


It’s a Happy Halloween indeed for Departure Productions!

We’re pleased to announce that our zombie video, The Tragic Death of Spineless Toady, has won’s “The Horror” contest!This is our second winning film on that site, and we’d like to thank all our incredibly active fans for rating our video highly and propelling it to the top spot.Our zany little comedy beat out some genuinely spooky films in that contest, so be sure to check out the other contestants if you’re looking for some extra creepy videos this evening.


For all of you that were involved in the shoot, or the 2008 Zombie Walk, or who just really liked the video, I have DVD copies available.Please let me know if you’re interested and I’ll make sure you get a copy. Special thanks to Ming Wu Photography for providing the stills on the DVD artwork!

Thanks again, everyone, and have a fun and safe Halloween!

Following is the Press Release from Super U:

ONLINE Oct. 31, 2008 – Super U is proud to announce “The Tragic Death Of Spineless Toady” by Victor Couwenbergh of Departure Productions has won $1,500 in its “The Horror!” contest. The short, chosen by Super U members, will also have the chance to be broadcast on Super Channel.

The short film “The Tragic Death Of Spineless Toady” was shot during the 2008 Ottawa Zombie Walk. “I felt that having a bunch of people dressed up as zombies was too good an opportunity to pass up, and I figured I’d have just enough time to shoot and edit it and enter it into the contest.” said Couwenbergh while discussing his inspiration for the film.

The Ottawa-based writer and director, is now a two time Super U contest winner. His first Super U win came in the “Homage To – Film Noir” contest with the film “The Stakeout”. When asked what he was going to do with his winnings Couwenbergh stated “like last time, I will share it with those that helped make the film, and donate the rest to the FealGood Foundation for 9/11 first responders.”

Super U is the online venue to watch the latest Canadian short films. Viewers enjoy high quality content, qualified by the viewers themselves. Filmmakers enjoy on-site contests and exposure to broadcasters like Super U’s partner Super Channel, Canada’s national pay television network. As Super U grows, filmmakers will share in the advertising revenues generated on the site.

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