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The Dragon's Scale

Short Film (Full Length) – 2017

In this animated short from Auckland's Media Design School, a father and son travel through a magical landscape to find a powerful, wish granting dragon who can fix the boy's stammer. But nature conspires against the father, and the dragon's answer to the boy's request adds a nice twist to the tale. Media Design School lecturer James Cunningham wrote the script, and was granted his own wish from local iwi to film The Dragon's Scale in the dramatic landscapes of Tarawera National Park. The film premiered at the Auckland leg of the 2016 NZ International Film Festival. 

Why shouldn't I kill you, boy?
– The Dragon (Narelle Ahrens) confronts the boy

Key Cast & Crew

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Oliver Hilbert

Cinematographer, Producer

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James Cunningham

Director, Writer, Producer

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Drew Cunningham

As: Boy

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Xander Kennedy

Art Department

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Nicole Wong

Costume Designer, Art Department

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Daryl Habraken

As: Father

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