Film Editor Branan Edgens Triumphs Over Crappy Footage

In 2002, filmmaker Branan Edgens (who — full disclosure — is a friend of Vulture Picture Palace) was hired to edit a low-budget independent teen car-racing thriller shot in New Jersey called Rush Junkyz. When he arrived on his first day of work, he was presented with more than 70 hours of nearly unusable footage. He spent years trying to make sense out of this chaos and, when that failed, completely reinventing the film. Along the way, to document his ordeal, he made Shiny Shit, a truly hilarious and inventive documentary, one of the most insightful and side-splitting glimpses into the postproduction process that we’ve ever seen. (See part two after the jump!) —Bilge Ebiri