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"Oh my goodness! Shut me down! Machines making machines?! Hmm... How perverse."
―C-3PO[src]

The Geonosian droid factories were a massive subterranean battle droid factory on Geonosis. Located near the Petranaki arena, the foundries were completely automated and hazardous to anyone entering them.

DescriptionEdit

These gigantic factories mass produced droids, weapons, and vehicles to shadowy clients. The underground factories were cut off from the surface and are maintained by flightless Geonosian worker drones who tinkered around the clock to reach maximum efficiency. Many drones were maimed or killed as a result of this mad desire to produce. Speed and reliability were the only concerns.[6]

Sleeping QuartersEdit

In between shifts, the workers rested in storage alcoves located in warm corridors. These workers did not actually sleep, but merely rested their eyes and it did not take much to wake them. Geonosian rulers realized the value of having many watchful, but disposable eyes.[6]

Process and ProductionEdit

The Geonosian factories were excavated by large amounts of worker drones and were more than a kilometer deep. To supply the minerals recquired, Geonosians go into orbit and mine rich asteroids in the belt of Geonosis. These were then smelted down using lasers and distributed to the factory to fit molds. Republic authorities outlawed the use of droid armies[6]

The creation of the Droid Army was done in secret and without supervision of Galactic Republic officials.[6]

HistoryEdit

Sometimes before the Clone Wars, worker drones excavated the factories and built them a kilometer deep.[6]

Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala, R2-D2 and C-3PO stumbled into the factory when trying to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi: Skywalker lost his first lightsaber, while C-3PO was decapitated.[5]

Archduke Poggle the Lesser built a larger factory during the Clone Wars.[7]

The factories were later repurposed by the Galactic Empire for use in their project to build a massive space station superweapon, the Death Star.[4]

During the late Galactic Civil War, New Republic Special Forces Sergeant major Jom Barell flew a gunship through an electrical storm to stop remnants of the Galactic Empire from reactivating the old droid foundries.[8]

Behind the scenesEdit

The droid factory was a late addition in production, conceived and written into the story well after principal photography had wrapped. In the original shooting script, Anakin and Padmé crept into the Geonosian spire, and simply encountered Count Dooku. In this version, the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO never left the Naboo starship. The addition of the droid factory not only provided a new action set piece, but also gave a visual clue as to the size of the growing droid army. Elements of Anakin, Padmé and the droids were shot during additional photography in 2001, mostly against bluescreen with very minimal sets. The Animatics Department filled in the bluescreen areas with very detailed temporary versions of the droid factory, previsualizing the environment that ILM would generate.

Ben Snow, one the film's Visual Effects Supervisors, took reference footage of a Northern California automobile factory and foundry, to get visual starting points for the motion of automated machinery and the extreme heat and steam atmospheric effects his crew would recreate.

Though much of the environment was computer-generated, certain machines and the surrounding walls of the droid factory were realized as detailed and dramatically lit miniatures.[9]

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