Whilst traversing the Twitterverse there has been some pretty measurable talk of a new fanmade film that just hit YouTube. Each tweet praised the film as a standout to the point where a visit seemed warranted.
Darth Maul: Apprentice is a 15-minute or so prequel which delves into the brief period that led to Darth Maul’s securing his position as the chosen prodigy of the Sith lord, Darth Sidious. Unless you live under a rock, you’ll know Darth Maul was the badass dark apprentice who took down Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (SW:TPM). Let’s face it: we can all agree on one thing about that movie, and that’s that Darth Maul was easily the best thing in it.
Written, directed, edited and produced by Shawn Bu, it’s a solid effort and worthy of the buzz it’s getting, especially considering fanmade films can be something of a box of chocolates.
It may be short, but the outdoor landscape and costumes are pretty wicked. The highlight (and meat) are the fight scenes and Maul’s style is pretty true to what little awesomeness we got to sample in SW:TPM.
The filmmakers state on their YouTube page, “We worked incredibly hard on this film for almost 2 years! We always felt that Darth Maul should have had more screen time. So we wanted to create a film just for him with the best lightsaber fights we could do! This is not based on any books, comics etc.”
Well done, crew. Technical contributors include Vi-Dan Tran (action director, action design and choreography), Defcon Unlimited (costumes, makeup and stunts) and Vincent Lee (music). Further credits included on the YouTube page.
Images via Shawn Bu, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures