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Revenge of the Sith

Revenge of the Sith is the third in a trilogy of prequels to the original series of Star Wars movies. A franchise created by George Lucas which began in 1977, it follows the earlier adventures of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, who has the potential to become one of the most powerful Jedi of all time - until he embraces the Dark Side.

Star Wars Revenge of the Sith

Released in 2005, Revenge of the Sith stars Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan and Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, who is later to emerge as the evil Darth Vader. The film begins three years into the Clone Wars - the ongoing battle to prevent the democratic Galactic Republic from becoming the Galactic Empire dictatorship of the original trilogy.

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are on a mission to rescue the republic's Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from the droid armies' notorious commander, General Grievous. However, when Grievous escapes, fears are raised that Chancellor Palpatine isn't all that he seems. Suspicions are later proven to be true when it emerges he's an evil Sith Lord.

Anakin's bitterness begins when the Jedi Council refuses to grant him the rank of Jedi Master, instead appointing him Knight and ordering him to spy on Palpatine. Anakin begins to lose faith in the Jedi - even more so when Palpatine appoints him to the Jedi Council as his representative but begins to tantalise him with the Dark Side of the Force.

Anakin is manipulated by Palpatine - and when Anakin begins having terrifying visions of his pregnant wife Padmé dying in childbirth, Palpatine tells him that embracing the Dark Side can prevent death. Anakin pledges his loyalty to Palpatine, who gives him the name Darth Vader.

After Anakin's vision becomes a reality and his wife dies, his twins Luke and Leia are taken to safety and adopted by families known to Obi Wan Kenobi, who realises that Anakin has gone over to the Dark Side. The former friends' epic battle, on the planet of Mustafar, is the climax of the film.

Darth Vader

The duel partially takes place at a droid factory, amid the conveyor belts where super battle droids and destroyers were mass produced by Grievous to fight the Jedi. Obi-Wan and Anakin - now known as Vader - fight a bitter duel. Starting inside the facility, the fight continues through hallways, conference rooms and command centres. They inadvertently trigger a meltdown of the facility while fighting in one of the command centres, when their light sabre weapons cut through a control panel. This causes the facility's shields to collapse under the intense heat of the lava outside, leaving Obi-Wan and Vader fighting next to a river of lava. Obi-Wan begs Vader not to attack and to leave the Dark Side but Vader is consumed by anger and won't listen.

Without wishing to issue a spoiler alert, we all know Vader survives - otherwise he wouldn't have been in Star Wars but the exciting fight scenes have to be seen to fully appreciate their thrilling conclusion.

According to post-production interviews, the droid factory was a relatively late addition to the film. It was added to provide a new setting for action set pieces and to show viewers the size of the ever-growing droid army. Filming at the droid factory was a piece of technical wizardry, with much of the human interaction with the droids filmed against blue-screen areas with only minimal sets. Then, it was up to the animatics team, Industrial Light and Magic -a visual effects company founded by Lucas in 1975 to fill in the blue-screen areas.

Initially, temporary detailed versions of the droid factory were sketched in to use as a working model, providing a visualisation of the finished effects required for the mechanical environment. Visual effects supervisor Ben Snow had an innovative idea for producing a realistic factory environment: he filmed video footage of a real-life automobile factory and a foundry in California to create visual reference points for the droid factory's automated machinery, ensuring it had realistic motion, with atmospheric effects such as heat and steam. Some of the machines and the droid factory's surrounding walls were created as detailed miniatures, which were blended into the finished production by the team at ILM.s

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