Date: 22nd September 2000
Principal shooting of Star Wars: Episode II concluded in London's Elstree Studios Wednesday, according to Lucasfilm's Web site for the movie.
A statement posted on the site quoted producer Rick McCallum as saying, "It was a dream shoot, and to finish ahead of schedule was just icing on the cake of what has been an incredible experience for all of us. We started in Sydney with our amazing Australian crew, and traveled through three continents and five countries in a 61-day shoot, and to finish early is a real credit to the fantastic people who have been with this production from day one, as well as those who have joined us along the way."
Separately, in Homing Beacon, the official newsletter for the movie, George Lucas said that he has scheduled a second round of "reshoots" for next spring after most of the special effects are completed "and I figure out what's missing."
Source: Studio Briefing