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Pig Year Greetings


FADE IN:

INT. SLEEPING ROOM - DAY

PETER wakes up and checks his phone incoming messages.

PETER (V.O.)

(Surprised)

"Miss my song and lyrics"?

What is my song?

FLASHBACK

INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT

Dim lighting. Great ambiance. A GENTLEMAN (50s) sits next to Peter among a GROUP.

GENTLEMAN

Would I be receiving your

songs?

PETER

Songs?

GENTLEMAN

Your festive songs!

FLASHBACK UPON FLASHBACK (2014)

INT. MUSIC ROOM - DAY

Surrounded by music stands, guitars, amplifiers, and mobile devices, Peter strums the guitar he is holding and jots down chords in bars.

PETER

Love songs are plentiful.

How would a song make

a difference? How about

festive songs?

END FLASHBACK UPON FLASHBACK

PETER (V.O.)

Since then, I've been writing

them.

PETER

(Hesitating)

Yes...

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

But I haven't written any

since last Easter. My

professional work has

driven me away from

song-writing.

RETURN TO PRESENT

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

Yes, I've to deliver my

gentleman's promise too.

INT. STUDY - DAY

Peter checks his iPad Mini Setting. He sees: STORAGE FULL.

PETER (V.O.)

(Frustrated)

I've offloaded the iMovie

App. And now I couldn't

even reinstall it. I made

all my music videos with

it.

Pausing.

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

Let me use my iPhone

to do a short Thank-You

recording first. A good

friend was so kind as to

send me New Year gift

boxes!

Picking up a Fender Strat Sienna guitar near the sofa, Peter puts his iPhone 8 plus against a small stand on top of a VOX mini 5 Rhythm amplifier and positions the phone's front camera at him.

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

The verse of a New Year

song that I composed

around two years ago

has been resonating in

my mind. See if I can

turn it into a jingle.

Peter plays and sings. He touches the "Record" and "Stop" buttons intermittently.

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

It's really hard to create,

play, sing and produce

a work at one go - even

for a jingle. Let me try

again!

EXT. CAR PARK - DAY

Peter is at the driver seat, waiting. There are red gift boxes of different sizes in the middle row.

PETER (V.O.)

Let me see if the "final"

take is acceptable...

Peter taps a video clip on his phone screen. We hear some music and lyrics.

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

It's real but raw. That's

my style. Timeliness is

also the key.

Peter adds the video clip to his chats and sends it.

INT. STUDY - DAY

Sitting on the sofa, Peter's black shirt and red scarf match the colour combinations of his Ibanez RG550 SH Red Sparkle. He re-watches the video clip.

PETER (V.O.)

Let me turn the jingle

into a general "Pig Year

Greetings" music video.

The end notes of the

first 8 bars sounds right.

But the sound of the

last Cantonese word lyric

doesn't sound right at

all...

Peter looks out of the window and then up at the ceiling, strumming at the same time.

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

(Frustrated)

It seems that I've already

exhausted the rhymed

and appropriate Cantonese

words...

Pausing.

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

(Happy)

Oh! Not yet! "豪" (Richness)!

sounds good in context!

Peter plays and sings again. He touches the "Record" and "Stop" buttons intermittently. The rolling camera catches his smiling face.

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

Let me add my thanks in

Mandarin and Cantonese

at the end of the clip.

Having edited the clip, Peter looks pleased.

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

That's all I can do with

the time I've got. I won't

let perfect be the enemy

of the good.

EXT. ROAD - NIGHT

Peter is at the passenger seat. ZENO is driving a car with "P' plates. We can hear faint sounds of phone notifications from Peter's pocket.

PETER (V.O.)

The Pig Year is here...

INT. SLEEPING ROOM - NIGHT

Relaxing on the bed back rest, Peter checks his phone messages and responds to them with his "Pig Year Greetings" music video.

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

I've at least created and

delivered something new

in the New Year!

Peter looks content.

INT. SLEEPING ROOM - DAY

Watching KAJI and her PACK LEADER sleeping, Peter thinks.

PETER (V.O.)

Although I've saved the

music video, I should

like to share it with the

public.

Peter exports the Pig Year Greetings music video to YouTube.

INT. STUDY - DAY

Phone notifications. Peter checks and sees one comment: "This is the most fabulous New Year Greetings that I've received..."

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

What a kind encouragement

from a good friend!

Peter continues to check other notifications and reciprocates with his Pig Year Greetings.

A beat.

Peter taps the YouTube icon and keys: "Pig Year Greetings". He sees in the search result list a video clip featuring his image holding a guitar.

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

(Surprised)

OMG! My ranking is four

ranks above the one from

world leaders!

Peter smiles.

FADE OUT.

The End

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