A Star Wars fan film worth watching? For real?
Clocking in at just under 18 minutes, this is a superbly produced slice of fan filmmaking. Chronicling the final test of Apprentice Maul, it’s best watched on the terms of something you might (and inevitably will) see at a Disney Park, as it’s basically a stunt show. It’s got inventive, extensive and exciting lightsabre duels, great use of location, and committed performances from the whole team involved, with genuinely decent effects (the ‘sabres are faithfully and fantastically recreated) and Maul himself – Ben Schamma – manages to wring more emotion and pathos out of the character than Ray Park mustered in TPM.
Some of the larger-scaled CGI is only about the level of OK-TV standards, and The Emporer sounds kind of like an impression, but as a one-shot fan addition to the Maul Mythology it’s a detailed, impressive and fairly intense little film, and definitely worth checking out.
Link here: Darth Maul: Apprentice on YouTube
Be sure to keep an eye out for updates as the long-awaited Star Wars episode of the BASHBOOMPOW! podcast, The Force Slept In, drops TOMORROW! An hour’s discussion solely on SW and all things TFA. We can’t wait for you to hear it 😄