Short of the Week

Two Laps

Two friends. One race. Two laps. No prisoners. The 2011 Rushes Soho Shorts International Winner is a charming story of friendship and competition.

Currently working it’s way around the film festival circuit to great acclaim, Owen Trevor’s whimsical comedy Two Laps combines vivid cinematography with playful storytelling to create a genial short you can’t help but like. A tale of friendship and competition, Two Laps is the story of Pete and Val and their annual swimming race, which in 17 years has developed into a cutthroat struggle for 1st place.

Short films are often made as a calling card to showcase the talents of its creator and with Two Laps Trevor has created the perfect vehicle to exhibit his craft. As equally enjoyable as it is admirable, fellow filmmakers can revel in the flair the director has employed to realize his story, whilst audiences can cherish the quirky, jovial nature of the piece.

Shot on multi formats, 35mm, 16mm, DV Cam and Mini DV, DP Hugh Miller’s luscious visuals friskily shift styles with consummate ease. Scenes from present day are shot in striking black & white cinematography reminiscent of Jason Wingrove’s Sea Pool, whilst flashbacks to previous races are shot hand-held in saturated colour, complete with film grain and vignette edging.

In 2010, Two Laps director Owen Trevor co-directed Street Fighter-Legacy, a live-action short film fan project, based on the popular Capcom gaming franchise with Joey Ansah, which has to date accumulated over 3 million hits on YouTube. Along with another 3 short films that have travelled the film festival rounds and 25 episodes of Top Gear under his belt, Trevor is slowly building a reputation as a diverse director with a strong visual style. Two Laps looks destined for great things, having already won the International Award at this year’s Rushes Soho Shorts Festival in London, it’s stature will continue to grow and it’s easy to see why.

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  • ivan rana

    Very well shot and perfect location. Overall a good short.

  • Daniel Bottoms

    Very engaging.A warm laugh and comfortable pace.Interesting swap between color and B&W. Use of close ups ,underwater and varied angles nice camera work.Well acted and complimented by sound tracks.