Jiwi's Machines a YouTube hit based on science and laughs
Kiwi artist Joseph Herscher has had more than 12 million YouTube views of his crazy video stunts which bring to life the kind of ridiculously complicated machines loved by animated characters Wallace and Gromit.
This video is the first episode of Herscher's new web series, funded by NZ On Air and filmed at the MOTAT museum in Auckland.
In it, he constructs elaborate machines to perform simple tasks, often known as Rube Goldberg or Heath Robinson machines, named after a New York comic and a British inventor respectively.
"I thought about what kind of character would make these machines in his daily life," Herscher says.
"Jiwi is sort of an extension of myself in many ways. He makes these machines to make his life easier, but they inevitably cause chaos for everybody around him, especially for his sister, June."
Filming Jiwi's Machines was an epic task in itself.
"I'm used to working on my own, but I couldn't have created this on my own," says Herscher.
"This project had a lot of people involved. It was a completely different ball game. Everyone's got their own personality and the film shoot was sort of like a Rube Goldberg Machine. Each person is a step in a machine, trying to get to a simple result, via a very complicated process."