Faculty Profiles

Linus Lau

Linus Lau is a veteran professor of film studies at several colleges including Long Beach City College where he was the recipient of the 2012 Sterling Award for his contributions to the Department of Visual and Media Arts.  He has a particular passion for teaching at Musicians Institute and holds courses on a wide variety of subjects in the Bachelor Program, including music history and film scoring.

Linus has also served as a film festival judge, game conference panelist, and radio DJ.

Born in Dayton, Ohio to a non-musical family, Linus was trained in film composition by Lynn Shurtleff.  His unique blend of smart orchestration and musical personality has landed him much work in the horror and comedy genres.  His works have been positively reviewed by Alt Film Guide and Fangoria Magazine, and have premiered at a wide variety of venues, including The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Woodstock Film Festival, FrightFest London, and Tribeca Film Festival.

With a penchant towards the atmospheric and tuneful he divides his time between trying to compose the most beautiful melody he’s ever written and authoring college textbooks. Chances are you won’t leave the movie theatre humming the atonal counterpoint that accompanies his film trailer work; nonetheless if you’ve been to the movies regularly in the last few years, you’ve heard his music.

Mr. Lau has also served as the Program Chair of the Music Video, Film and Television Program at MI and holds both an undergraduate degree in music from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree in film from USC.

Prior to coming to his senses, he was an executive assistant to several A-list film directors.  He has sworn to secrecy.

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