WALLACE and Gromit are proving to be models of inspiration for students at a new school club.

Darlington School of Mathematics and Science pupils have signed up for an after-school animation society that will see them creating Plasticine models to star in their own stop-motion movies.

Club co-ordinator Kayleigh Adams said: “Most of the students have never done anything like this before.

They will use modelling materials, cameras and film editing software to develop skills, while having fun.”

Club members will be given the opportunity to write scripts, storyboard the movie and create their own characters. They will use the painstaking stop-motion video animation, which they will then be able to edit, voice-over and select music for, creating an entertaining package for the screen.

Student Rebecca Parkinson, 15, who plans to take a media course at college, said: “I love animation but a lot of movies nowadays rely on computer- generated imagery. I much prefer the stop-frame animation which involves making models because the characters have more personality.”