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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Space

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SWIMMING POOL - 20:00


  4. Arriving, PETER sees many young SWIMMERS and their INSTRUCTORS.


  5. PETER (V.O.): They learn to swim faster and better.


  6. Peter enters the pool discreetly.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the sake of my health, I do exercises whenever I can.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Today I sat on the sofa, attending Day 2 of the BIP Asia Forum online.


  10. Seeing young SWIMMERS appearing near him, Peter takes avoidance actions.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They're strong. I don't want them to kick me inadvertently.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I love to swim in the sea. But if I didn't come here tonight, I'd miss an opportunity.


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. EXT. WANCHAI FERRY PIER - 18:30 (YESTERDAY)


  17. Walking past the Exhibition Centre MTR station, Peter crosses a bus terminus, following the lights at sea front.


  18. PETER (V.O.): Is Wan Chai ferry pier over there?

  19. Having crossed a road, Peter hears music from a lit-up recreational ground.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Sights and sounds create ambience and feel of a place.


  21. Strolling the ground, Peter sees a live band performing near a decoration.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I feel my secret ambience - happiness.


  23. Observing the environment, Peter sees in a distance "Pier" in neon light font.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This new Wan Chai pier was very different from the one I had in mind.


  25. Peter walks towards the pier.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While change is inevitable, development is optional.


  27. Peter enters the Star Ferry terminal.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I couldn't remember when was the last time I took a Star Ferry from Wan Chai. The colourful ferry looks different too.


  29. INT. STUDY - 10:00 (EARLIER TODAY)


  30. Attending Zoom meetings online, Peter focuses on the slides.


  31. MONTAGE OF THE SLIDE CONTENTS


  32. A. Growing Importance of Intangible Assets to the Global Economy.


  33. B. Attract and Grow Enterprises by Using Intellectual Property.


  34. C. Knowledge Transfer in the Innovative Ecosystem.


  35. D Risks v Rewards - Who gets what? Government, Industries & Universities.


  36. E. Future Cinema Systems - Next-generation Art Technologies.


  37. F. Strategy for Future Creative Cultural Industries.


  38. G. AI-Generated Contents and Virtual Influencers.


  39. END MONTAGE


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What a good update!


  41. Recalling.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When the "BIP" idea was cooked up and the Forum established in the 2000s, we didn't foresee the kind of impact it can make.


  43. On screen, Peter notes the last session of the BIP Asia Forum 2022.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The moderator used to work with me in Hong Kong - Guangdong IP cooperation matters.


  45. Recalling.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He was a young and bright chap.


  47. Peter focuses on a middle-aged image on screen.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although he isn't young anymore, he's still very bright.


  49. Reflecting.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I must be very old.


  51. END FLASHBACK


  52. Act 3


  53. INT. SWIMMING POOL - CONTINUOUS


  54. PETER (V.O.): Between stimulus and response, there's a space - my power to choose how to respond.


  55. Swimming breaststrokes.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In my response lies my freedom and my better self. Having followed the BIP Asia Forum 2022, I should do more what others wouldn't do.


  57. Swimming freestyle.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Great stuff are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.


  59. Peter swims forward in butterfly style.


  60. THE END


  61. FADE OUT














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