Working in online motorcycle media outlets for the past 10 years, I’ve seen a lot of motorcycle videos. Some of them featured gorgeous scenery in remote locations. Some had high-speed racing footage that pushed the limits of filmography. Some had clever humour, poking fun at the foibles of the moto scene. Some had extremely helpful DIY hints.
But, none of those videos featured an anthropomorphic piston rebuilding a two-stroke dirt bike engine single-handedly, like the video above.
That video is the work of Nick Hagman. Surprisingly, he’s not a pro filmmaker; he’s just an enthusiast photographer with some shop space and an interest in filmmaking. Hagman runs the Mechanimations YouTube channel, which features stop-motion wrenching footage. Previously, Mechanimations featured a shock rebuild, a fork rebuild, and a general teardown of his Kawasaki KX250.
You can see the other videos below; they’re also quite creative, but as Hagman’s YouTube blurb says, this engine rebuild video really ups his game.
“It’s Worth It” is the result of approximately 500 hours worth of work and contains somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 unique photos. It ups the game from previous Mechanimations videos to include a storyline, characters, and an original film score. It’s not a tutorial, but you might learn something from it. If you don’t learn anything I think you’ll still be entertained. And if this video makes you want to go spin a wrench then I’ve achieved my goal, and the effort was worth it.
Very cool! No doubt it will be a long time before we see another one of these videos, due to the time required, but that’s OK. If Hagman keeps moving his filmcraft forward, it’ll be worth the wait.