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Such Happy Moments


PETER

FADE IN:

.

INT. RESTAURANT - DAY

Following three WOMEN, one using a wheelchair, PETER and ZENO arrive at a round table. Among the sitting three COUPLES are two KIDS. They greet; and Peter sits near A Mat (6) who draws faces on a single-line exercise book.

PETER

(A Mat)

A Mat, would you

include me as well?

A Mat nods smilingly. He observes Peter's facial features deeply as he draws. Later, he presents his work to Peter.

PETER

(Pointing at the drawing)

Okay, I'm 姨公.

A Mat nods smilingly. Peter compares his image with others.

PETER

Why did you put circles

around great-grandma's

image?

A Mat

She's in a wheelchair.

Peter nods.

PETER (V.O.)

She's 92...He crosses out

some draft portraits...Yes,

it's labour-intensive. Like

many matters, it's hard

to get it right the first

time.

Pausing.

PETER

Well, have you included

every one here? Let's

check.

Peter and A Mat count the number of persons present and the images drawn.

PETER

13 persons and 13

images! Good!

A Mat nods cheerfully.

PETER (V.O.)

He captures the distinct

facial features of all in a

few lines. They all look

different...

FLASHBACK

INT. CLASSROOM - NIGHT

Scrapbook on desk and pencils in hand, Peter (20) draws basic lines and shapes, representations of light and shadow as an INSTRUCTOR (30s) walks around and instructs students.

INT. STUDY - DAY

Some dried paints in a dish and paintbrushes in a corner. Reading an information sheet from the University of London, Peter (22) ponders.

PETER (V.O.)

Should I take the

Philosophy of

Aesthetics? I like

to learn how to

reflect on art, culture

and nature.

INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY

Peter chats with Zeno.

PETER

You drew and painted for years. What do you

think is the difference

between painting still

matters and taking still

photos?

ZENO

In painting, you create

beauty. In photography,

you capture beauty.

Peter nods.

RETURN TO PRESENT

PETER

A Mat, sign your work

and date it.

As A Mat follows the instructions, Peter picks up his phone.

PETER

Can I take a photo of

your drawing and share

it with the world?

A Mat and his A MUM nod.

Having taken a shot, Peter taps his Facebook page.

PETER (V.O.)

Actually, now is a happy

moment of a year-end

ritual. An easy photo

capturing it isn't as

beautiful and emotionally

powerful as this simple

artwork.

Peter types: "An impression of "A Happy Moment" by a cheerful artist, Matthew Lam (6). I am his 姨公". He touches the "post" button.

I've shared it to the

world...

Peter takes another look of the posted photo and discovers something.

PETER (V.O.)

He has his own mindset

about dates, months and

years...

INT. SLEEPING ROOM - DAY

Peter wakes up.

PETER (V.O.)

What should I write

today? It's year end.

What's still resonating

in my mind?

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd)

I'm hopeful that such

happy moments will still

happen on earth - on the

90th day of the Month 100,

in the year 20111100!

Peter takes a look of the colourful globe model on his desk.

FADE OUT. The End

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