After graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute with Honors and spending some time doing underground comics in the Bay area, Ed Verreaux began his film career working for the legendary animation director Chuck Jones.
Jones, the Academy Award winning Warner Bros animation director had formed his own company and assembled some of the best ex-Disney and Warner Bros. animators to work with him. Verreaux was surrounded by some of the great animators and film designers from the ‘Golden Age’ of animation who had created many of the classic films that had inspired him as a child. Here were artists who had created such films as “Snow White”, “Pinocchio” and “Bambi” as well as the ‘Looney-toons’ of Warner Bros from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.
After serving his apprenticeship with Jones and working at several of the other traditional animation studios in Hollywood, Verreaux began working with Robert Able & Associates, a leading visual effects commercial studio at the time. Many of the people who went on to create the visual effects for such films as “Star Wars”, “Star Trek”, “Poltergeist” and other high concept visual effects films passed through the doors of the Abel studio. Aside from creating groundbreaking award winning commercials, the studio was developing new camera systems and doing pioneering work in early digital film media development.
In the late 1970s, the Abel studio began to create the visual effects for “Star Trek, The Motion Picture” and Verreaux was assigned as one of the earliest designers on the “Trek” project.
After “Trek”, Verreaux began working with Steven Spielberg on “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. He worked with Spielberg on many of his subsequent film projects including the ”Raiders” films, “Poltergeist”, “Empire of the Sun”, “The Color Purple” and a little film called “E.T.”
During that time, Verreaux also spent a year working with director George Miller on “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” in Australia.
After returning to the U.S. in the mid 80’s. Verreaux continued working with Spielberg and several other directors including Clint Eastwood on “The Rookie” and Robert Zemeckis on “Back to the Future, 2 & 3”. He also worked on such films as “Casper”, “The Distinguished Gentleman”, “How to Make an American Quilt” and “Honey I Blew Up the Kid” the sequel to “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” at Disney.
In the mid 90’s, Verreaux production designed the film “Contact”, starring Jodi Foster and directed by Robert Zemeckis. Following that, he designed “Jurassic Park 3”, “Mission to Mars with Brian De Palma, “The Scorpion King” as well as several television pilots.
His more recent credits include “Starsky & Hutch”, “X-Men 3 The Last Stand”, the motion capture project “Monster House”, again for Zemeckis and Spielberg, the comedy “Rush Hour 3”and “G.I.Joe, The Rise of Cobra”.
He also has Production Designer credits on “Looper” with director Rian Johnson and “The Giver”.
His most recent film is “Jurassic World”, directed by Colin Treverrow, produced by Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg.