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Collecting MadVideos -- Building the next generation of rockets in Madison

At the end of July, the U.S. Air Force awarded a $3.9 million contract to Madison-based Orbitec for its program to develop and commercialize a vortex rocket engine. In the midst of a multi-year process to develop the engine, the company is now conducting hot testing of a small-scale vortex combustion chamber. A video of one test firing follows below. >More
 A preview of Chad Vader Episode 5

After placing their online comedy hit on hiatus over the last couple of months, the crew at Blame Society Productions are diving back into the Chad Vader saga. Having completed the script, creators Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda started a two-day shoot early Friday morning. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- A PSA on skateboarding

As skateboarding has grown to ubiquity over the last couple of decades, negative responses to the activity have emerged commensurately. This includes anti-skating devices, those small-raised obstructions placed in a series on railings, curbs, and numerous other outdoor landscapes to prevent grinding and jumping by skateboarders. Ever consider the problems they cause in Madison? A tongue-in-cheek PSA follows below. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Destroy All Christmas!

Madison's robotics masterminds are getting ready to launch their latest assault in the War on Christmas in just over a week. That's right, the triumvirate behind Droids Attack are returning for the third year to make Ralphie and everybody else cry. After all, it's the most wonderful time of the year. A heart-warming holiday commercial for their show follows below. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Akh, Ty Beryoza

Though the title above is a transliteration as opposed to the appropriate Cyrillic, it is the name of a traditional Russian folk tune about and made for the triangular stringed instrument known as the balalaika. Translating as "Oh, You Birch Tree," the song was one of many performed at a UW concert hall when the Madison-based Balalaika and Domra Association of America held their annual convention in town in 2005. Four brief concert clips follow below. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Bubba Hog?

Badger football fans heading to the Capital One Bowl this New Year's Day might want to acquaint themselves with the phenomenon that is Bubba Hog. Decked out in a cap, shades, and inimitable flannel vest, the Hog (fan) is a fixture at Arkansas Razorbacks games, dancing wildly in the stands to the tunes of the HogWild Band. While it's not clear whether or not he will be making the trip to Orlando to cheer on the Razorbacks when they face the Badgers, it won't be a surprise if he gets some face-time on the video scoreboard at the Citrus Bowl. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- The first rule of pole vaulting is...

Everybody loves a little slapstick, right? While pole-vaulting last Friday at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center, one person's mishap serves as the basis for establishing the first rule of the field event. "Never Let Go," declares the lawgiver, who provides a video clip that "demonstrates the hazards of a premature release of the pole." This brief video lesson follows below. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Eddie Palmieri plays Madison

Latin jazz monarch and celebrated pianist Eddie Palmieri performed at the Wisconsin Union Theater with his seven-piece salsafied band last Saturday night in the second show in this season's Isthmus Jazz Series. "Who needs a seat when this brilliant jazz pianist is rocking the house?," asks one energized concert attendee who captured a snippet to share with the world. A live concert clip follows below. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Documenting a fire in Fitchburg

While most local online video focuses on matters artistic or entertaining -- be they music, storytelling or sports -- there are some videographers who end up shooting events of a far different nature, dangerous things like tornados or fires. This was the case very early in the morning of Friday, Dec. 1, when Fitchburg resident Andy Orlowski captured video of a "house explosion" and fire in the Seminole Hills subdivision of that city. Two clips follow below. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Making a video for The Foundry Field Recordings

Before moving to Madison, local filmmaker Shelby Floyd lived in Columbia, Missouri, where he met members of The Foundry Field Recordings, an emerging indie rock group that is starting to make a name for themselves with the album Prompts/Miscues. Over the summer, the group stopped in Madison on its tour and stayed with Floyd, who showed them some of his early stop-motion video work. The band subsequently asked him to direct a video for their song "Holding the Pilots/Holding the Facts." The music video follows below. >More
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