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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Aesthetic Property

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. EXT. TUEN MUN HIGHWAY - 22:00

  4. Driving his coupe towards Kowloon, PETER sees the rising moon in the cloudless sky.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Just the moon and the night.

  6. Gazing while driving.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Both appeal to me on my way back to my urban home.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The moon isn't full, but it stays big. Without the cool night, it wouldn't look warm and bright.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.): I feel charmed by their partnership.

  12. Act 2


  14. INT. STUDY - 10:00 (Earlier today)

  15. Peter is reading Philosophy.

  16. PETER (V.O.): While my mind is fresh in the morning, I like to read and think about something that requires mental capacity.

  17. Reading and thinking.

  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Beauty can be something that's simple and indefinable. People know it intuitively.

  19. Reading and thinking.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Beauty can also be something that's capable of producing a pleasant experience to any perceivers.

  21. Reading and thinking.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Objective criteria like order, symmetry and proportion count. Everybody has the same judgment on beauty.

  23. Reading and thinking.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Or beauty can only be found in the eye of the beholder.

  25. Reading and thinking.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If so, beauty isn't based on any specific qualities of the thing but depends on the pleasure it gives to a particular person.

  27. Pondering.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What's the nature of beauty and pleasurable experience then?


  30. A. Car park. Peter starts a silver coupe. No crank. After further attempts, we hear cranking sounds.

  31. B. Battery shop. A STAFF is installing a new green battery in the coupe. When Peter starts the coupe, it responds swiftly.

  32. C. Peter's NT home. Opening the hood of the coupe, Peter takes a photo of its V-6 Engine and the green battery.



  35. Enjoying his tea set, Peter is staring at the image of the car engine and with the new battery on his smartphone screen.

  36. PETER (V.O.): Are they beautiful, conceptually?

  37. Pausing.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But how would others know by intuition?

  39. Pausing.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Many won't share my perception that they've any aesthetic property.

  41. Pausing.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But to me, they're beautiful. Why?

  43. Pausing.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My 1800cc coupe has got a V-6 engine. It's unprecedented.

  45. Pausing.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Together with the new green battery, I feel energized in my coupe - a pleasurable experience.

  47. Pausing.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I decide what's beautiful.

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I'm right, aesthetics shouldn't be a branch of philosophical inquiry.


  52. Act 3

  53. EXT. TUEN MUN HIGHWAY - 20:10

  54. Having negotiated a bend, the moon re-appears from behind the hills.

  55. PETER (V.O.): It's big, bright and lovely. It lights my senses.

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But if people don't have the aesthetic attitude, would they appreciate the moon's beauty and get the aesthetic experience?

  58. Pondering.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Do people need the aesthetic attitude at all? That's another philosophical inquiry.

  60. The moon is out of Peter's sight.

  61. THE END.

  62. FADE OUT

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