Universal Studio’s Dragonheart Vengenace was a labor of love with Italian director Ivan Silvestrini and producers Raffaella de Laurentiis, Hester Hargett-Aupetit, and Share Stallings. The movie, penned by the amazing Matthew Feitshans is a family action adventure where the dragon this time is female and voiced by Helena Bonham Carter. I love the tiwsts and turns in the plot and of course the musical pallate it allows. The music, primairly thematic, covers a wide range of emotions. It makes use of pan flutes, penny whistles, drums and percussion of every kind, solo cello, voices, harp, nylon guitar, plenty of fresh electronic textures and a great variety of traditional symphonic colors. While it was composed, performed and produce with electronics, I’m very proud of the film and the music soundtrack. Dragonheart Vengenace will be released on Netflix and DVD February 4th. My soundtrack will be available 2-4-19 everywhere music is sold and streamed. The physical Cd will be available at Intrada Records INTRADA. With this release I’d like to share a few excerpts of the music for you enjoyment and two personal stories.
1: About two weeks before the passing of one the greatest movie composers of our generation, I called to say a final goodbye. The very last thing he said to me in that conversation was: “Mark you’re going to make it.” It was awkward to have him turn his attention to me but that was the character of 18 time academy award nominated composer Jerry Goldsmith. As in an ancient Jewish tradition, he gave a blessing. I want to honor him and acknowledge other early mentors like Robert Ruberto, Stephen Ritzenthaler, and David Baker.
2: As a young man, with some trepidation, I asked out a classmate and neighbor that was full of life, love and kindness. She turned me down in the nicest way possible by actually meaning it when she said, “We’re friends.” Recently while editing a piece of music for this new score I heard of her early passing. It’s not much, but I added a solo voice that sounded like her to the beginning and ending of track #14 “Siveth’s Cat Mouse and Dragon Plan” and dedicate that piece to her memory. Linda Larson, your kindness, playfulness, and friendship will be missed. (photo below).
Dragonheart Vengeance Soundtrack
Music Composed and Performed by Mark McKenzie
1. Hold On To Hope in the Dark Times
2. Love Changes Everything
3. Never Never Ever Give Up
4. You’re Destined for Greatness
5. You Make Me Feel Magical Inside
6. Look At What You Have Left and Not at What You’ve Lost
7. Pledged to Peace
8. Great Love Surrounds What is Surrounding You
9. Snake Battle
10. Self Control Makes You Stronger
11. Trying to Kiss You
12. Look Behind You!
13. Risking Life For Something Bigger Than Yourself
14. Siveth’s Cat Mouse and Dragon Plan
15. Keep Looking Up
16. Hope: It All Works for Good
A special thank you to my friend Randy Edelman who’s timeless Dragonheart theme profoundly impacts audiences whenever it is used.
Helena Bonham Carter
Dragonheart Vengeance Cast: Front row right to left: Director Ivan Silvestrini, Raffaella de Laurentiis
Jerry Goldsmith and Mark McKenzie recording at Todd AO Studios