28 March 2011
Last updated at 12:07
The Sadness of King George is a three-minute animation film by year 5 pupils at Weymouth's Beechcroft St Pauls Primary School. The film brings together the town's famous holidaymaker George III and the 2012 Olympics, when Weymouth and Portland will host the sailing events.
The pupils worked with a team of artists and film-makers from Dorchester ARTS to create the animation. It will be screened at a variety of UK locations, including the big screen on Weymouth beach, during the summer. It is also set to be released on DVD.
"It's a dramatic race against time and a race through time," explained project leader Alastair Nisbet. "Will King George be able to ride his white horse back to Weymouth in time to save the Olympics from disaster?" It is widely believed the Osmington White Horse monument was created in honour of George III and his grey charger, which this film shot depicts.
Punch and Judy expert Wendy Wharam visited the school to help pupils and the children acted out scenes with drama specialist Sharon Hayden before creating them as drawn animated sequences. International artist Nic Rawling from the Paper Cinema helped inspire their drawing and they also worked with music producer Mickey Wills to create a soundtrack.
The project has been supported by the Lottery through the UK Film Council's First Light Initiative, the Weymouth and Portland Partnership, DepARTure Arts and Dorchester ARTS. "[It] is a delightful piece of work," said Mr Nisbet. "The story, drama, drawing, voices and music are all the children's."