George Shaw is a classically trained composer, who specializes in orchestral thematic music for film, television, video games and online content. He is a huge geek who grew up loving comic books, cartoons, Sci-fi/Fantasy/Adventure films, and imagined being a superhero to pass time on family road trips. He loves John Williams and listened to many of his soundtracks as a kid.
YouTube videos featuring George’s music have amassed over 150 million views. George co-wrote “Ode to Geeks” with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, composes for Geek & Sundry including Wil Wheaton’s popular TABLETOP show, music directs the Geekie Awards, and created the viral hit STAR WARS MUSICAL which was viewed over 120,000 times in the first week of its release, followed up by Netflix Musical which stars Harry Shum Jr. and Chrissa Sparkles.
Other collaborations with top YouTube personalities include NigaHiga, Kevjumba, Wong Fu Productions, Michelle Phan, Jeremy Lin, the Fung Brothers, and Harry Shum Jr. (GLEE). George has also had collaborations with popular musical artists: David Choi, Clara C, Jason Chen, Abraham Lim, Paul Dateh and Dawen.
George’s range of work also covers 17 feature film credits, custom music for trailers (including Lionsgate’s “Peacock”), over 60 short films, and video games. George composed the score for the NigaHiga & Wong Fu featurette AGENTS OF SECRET STUFF, which garnered over three million views in the first five days of its release. In 2014, George wrote and produced the STAR WARS MUSICAL (DISNEY PARODY), which was viewed over 120,000 times in the first week of its release.
George’s latest feature is BABY STEPS, produced by Oscar-nominated Li-Kong Hsu, producer of Ang Lee’s CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. Past features include HANG LOOSE, starring Kevin “Kevjumba” Wu, Dante Basco (Rufio from Spielberg’s HOOK, & voice of Prince Zuko in AVATAR: LAST AIRBENDER), and Justin Chon (TWILIGHT), UPLOADED: THE ASIAN AMERICAN MOVEMENT, a documentary about a generation of Asian American artists finding a voice through new media (which also features George as an interviewee), and FLASHBACK, a time travel adventure/comedy entirely shot on green screen and made by 3 guys working in their garage over an 8 year period. George’s TV work includes producing tracks for performances on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, and licensing music to SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER, MOMMA’S BOY, MY ANTONIO and OBSESSED.
In addition to composing, George orchestrates, working on noteworthy films including GHOST RIDER, THE DARWIN AWARDS, KISS, KISS, BANG, BANG and ROBOTECH: THE SHADOW CHRONICLES. George also composes for TABLETOP, the show about Tabletop gaming from geek icon Wil Wheaton and Geek & Sundry. He is also the musical director for The Geekie Awards, which in it’s inaugural year honored Stan Lee with the lifetime achievement award (presented by Seth Green), and Nathan Fillion with the Geek of the Year award.
George studied composition and film scoring at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, taking part in its world-class Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program. While there, he studied composition with Frank Ticheli, Donald Crockett and Stephen Hartke. He was selected to participate in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop and the BMI Conducting Workshop. In 2007, he was a Film Independent Project: Involve fellow, a filmmaker mentorship program that paired him with Emmy-nominated composer Christopher Lennertz (REVOLUTION, HORRIBLE BOSSES, MASS EFFECT 3, SUPERNATURAL).
George plays clarinet, piano, guitar and a variety of exotic woodwind instruments from around the world. He resides in Los Angeles, where, in his limited free time, he can surf and snowboard in the same day. His plans for world domination include earning an EGOT, becoming more famous than Irish-playwright George Bernard Shaw, and perfecting time travel.