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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

An Intermediary

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY


  4. PETER is typing on his smartphone.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Today, I'm going to answer questions posed by Quorans.


  6. Checking.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the last two days, I've other priorities and haven't responded to any answer requests.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My value is that if Quorans care to ask me questions, I'm committed to responding to them. I feel like their KOL or mentor.


  10. Checking.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There're other Quorans who regularly share my answers in their "Spaces" so that their followers can share my thoughts as well.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I re-read those referred answers, I find them particularly good and are worth the third-party endorsement.


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. SITTING ROOM - CONTINUOUS


  16. Peter reads other answer requests.


  17. PETER (V.O.): An unfamiliar Quoran asks me if I'd like to create a web page in a certain online platform to monetize my creativity.


  18. Pausing.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I haven't heard of such an intermediary before. What is it?


  20. Peter researches with his smartphone.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's an online matching platform for its subscribers, from content providers to content users, in cyber space.


  22. Thinking,


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I create my works for the sake of creativity. Creativity is in me and I shouldn't waste it.


  24. Pausing.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As a copyright man, I'm creating and expanding my copyright repertoire which may be valuable especially when I'm gone.


  26. Pausing.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Apart from my time and intellectual effort, I haven't incurred any expense in my creative endeavour.


  28. Pausing.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The websites I created and my publications in social media are all free of charge.

  30. Pausing.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If my works are wanted, the potential licencees and assignees can come to me direct. Why should I subscribe to an intermediary?


  32. Recalling.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Upon retirement in 2014, I wrote a feature screenplay called "24 Hours Before & After", documenting my mood from my last work day to my first retiring day.


  34. Recalling.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To see if my screenplay was any good, I submitted it to compete in various forums in US in 2015. I had to pay entry fees.


  36. Recalling.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My experience was that I was throwing good money after bad. But such annual screenplay competition businesses continue.


  38. Recalling.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've decided that if I'm going to make movies of my screenplays, I'll do everything myself.


  40. Peter types his answer on his smartphone.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've explained to the Quoran that I don't need such an intermediary. I prefer a thoroughfare.


  42. Later, Peter sees a comment on his answer.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Quoran suggests my joining the online platform's Gold Plan as the fees payable is minimal. OMG!


  44. Pausing.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The answer request is a marketing ploy in disguise. I don't think it's a good marketing strategy.


  46. Thinking.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Incidentally, such online platforms have become the virtu of centralised copyright intermediaries.


  48. Act 3


  49. INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT


  50. Sitting on a sofa, Peter is in thoughts.


  51. PETER (V.O.): There's money in virtual connectivity.


  52. Pausing.


  53. PETER (V.O.) : In the past, conventional centralised intermediaries were locally-based. Now, the online ones' model have scaled up the business.


  54. Pausing.


  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While creators may need financial support to sustain their creative endeavours, entrepreneurs are quick to capitalize on their dreams.


  56. Sighing.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Creators' skill can't just be confined to creativity. They should also be creative in their business development.


  58. Pausing.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Meanwhile, a Quoran's insincerity has dampened my mood in entertaining other Quorans.


  60. Peter watches TV.


  61. FADE OUT


  62. THE END








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