The former Winnipegger and Lucasfilm Story Group member has been an integral part of developing the new generation of Star Wars films, novels, video games and comic books over the last few years. He is Lucasfilm’s in-house Star Wars expert, and he’s coming to FanQuest this June to talk to you about Star Wars. We can’t wait!
Pablo Hidalgo was born in Santiago, Chile and raised in Winnipeg. Like many kids of his generation, Pablo fell in love with the original Star Wars films when they were released. His fandom grew even more when he discovered the original Star Wars role-playing game in 1987. He quickly immersed himself in it’s universe, learning everything he could about the franchise in order to provide the best gaming experience for his circle of friends.
After graduating from West Kildonan Collegiate, Pablo went on to Red River College’s Creative Communications program (Class of 1996). It was during this time that he began freelancing for West End Games, penning articles for the role-playing game that he loved so much. He was one of the first online fans to attempt to tackle cataloging and inventorying the Star Wars universe in 1997 with a fan encyclopedia he eventually moved offline.
In 2000, he switched careers from being a visual-effects concept artist and digital compositor at Frantic Films to a full-time Star Wars authority at Lucasfilm, joining as a content developer for the official Star Wars website. In 2003, he accompanied the Episode III crew as the on-set diarist, reporting daily from Sydney, London and San Rafael during the film’s production and postproduction periods. His close involvement with the making of Episode III netted him a walk-on cameo role in Revenge of the Sith. He would later serve as managing editor of StarWars.com, and then became brand communication manager for Lucasfilm, where he applied his deep knowledge of the company’s brands to advise on creative and business decisions.
Hidalgo has written or co-written several authoritative Star Wars reference books, including The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary, Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide, The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary, Star Wars Propaganda, and Star Wars: Year by Year, as well as guide-books to other brands such as Hasbro’s G.I. Joe and Transformers. He frequently serves as stage host at such events as San Diego Comic-Con International and Star Wars Celebration.
He is currently a Creative Executive and part of the Lucasfilm Story Group. He lives in San Francisco.