You hear a lot of shit-talk about the Star Wars prequels, but not Darth Maul. Never Darth Maul. The horned, red-and-black-faced Sith didn't make it through Episode I: The Phantom Menace, but even in his limited presence—or perhaps because of it—he became an instant fan-favorite. The spiritual successor to Boba Fett, basically.
And while Fett is rumored to be getting his own standalone Star Wars movie, for now we've got Darth Maul: Apprentice. The 18-minute fan-made origin story is long enough and professional enough to swallow us up in actual authentic Star Wars–ian vibes, to transport us through space and time to a galaxy far, far away. The gist of the film, from German company T7 Production, is: Darth Maul is every inch of the badass you thought he was; this is how he completed his training; lightsaber fights will always be the best. There's plenty of that ninja-flippin' fighting style made famous by the prequels, seeing as Maul takes on five Jedi at once.
Darth Maul: Apprentice was written, directed, produced and edited by Shawn Bu; Ben Schamma plays Maul. Here's what the official YouTube description has to offer for background:
"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. MAKING OF coming soon! Disclaimer: This is a non-profit unofficial fan-film that is not intended for commercial use. It was made solely for fun. Characters are owned by Lucasfilm/Disney and this fan-film is not connected in any way to said companies."
Just imagine being able to film your own lightsaber fight, though.