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"Oh my goodness! Shut me down! Machines making machines?! Hmm... How perverse."

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.


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.[6]

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.[7]

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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.[8]


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