Mark Smythe is a New Zealand-born, LA-based composer, pianist and guitarist. His score for the Hulu shark hit THE REEF: STALKED was nominated in the 2023 SCL Awards and World Soundtrack Awards. He frequently collaborates with horror master Chris Sun (BOAR, CHARLIE'S FARM), most recently on THE POSSESSED (2021).
Mark balances film work with concert projects, and has composed commissioned works for harpist Helen Webby, chamber ensemble Baroque Voices and Nikau Harp Trio. He's written several innovative pieces for Choir and Electric Guitar, including "Alone (A Demon in My View)", premiered by LA Choral Lab (and Mark) in April 2023.
Mark is a four-time Hollywood Music in Media Awards nominee and twice won Best Original Score at the Australian Screen Industry Network Awards. He holds a Grad. Dip. in Screen Composition (Distinction) from the Australian Film Television & Radio School. Mark is on the media music faculty at California State University Northridge (CSUN).