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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

"Bing Dwen Dwen"

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. BEDROOM - 00:15


  4. In bed, PETER is typing on his smart phone.


  5. PETER (V.O.): A mail came while I was engaging in creativity.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And this isn't the first time I do voluntary work late at night.


  8. INT. BANK- 12:30


  9. Counter. As a STAFF is passing some slips to him, Peter is staring at the table screen.


  10. PETER (V.O.): Her service has met my expectations. Can I give my instant digital feedback?


  11. STAFF: It's for information only. In the 1-10 rating scale, only 9 & 10 are passes, the rests are unacceptable. Someone may call you later.


  12. Act 2


  13. EXT./INT. SHAW AUDITORIUM, HKUST - 14:45


  14. Sunny. Entrance. Peter, wearing a facemask with Chinese characters, is about to enter.


  15. PETER (V.O.): I've forgotten what's the theme of this event.


  16. Entering, Peter sees a cool backdrop depicting winter sports on left and right, a white "Bird's Nest" in the centre, a string of logos and Chinese characters on top.


  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, it's an offline and cloud sharing session of the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022.


  18. Seated in the AUDIENCE, Peter listens to VIPs reading their speeches from the podium.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'd never stand behind the podium. I'd never read any script. I'd engage and talk to the audience.


  20. After a photo session, some VIPs leave, leaving their best seats vacant.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I wouldn't do that. To continue to engage stakeholders is the better thing to do.


  22. Later, CHARACTERS on screen begin to share stories.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The medalists look young. But they sound very mature.


  24. Pausing.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It would be nice if there're video clips showing the best moments.


  26. Pausing.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Nevertheless, the arrangements are seamless. Are these stories pre-recorded?


  28. FLASHBACK


  29. INT. DRAGON CENTRE, SHAM SHUI PO - DAY (1996)


  30. Ice-skating rink. COACH#1 is coaching Peter (42) and his SON#1 (6) to sit on ice and stand up.


  31. PETER (V.O.): Just touching the ice is good, especially in Summer.


  32. The coach then directs them to march across the ice.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's just like marching on ground with a pair of heavy boots.


  34. As they begin to do two-foot forward glide, Peter falls.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't mind.


  36. END FLASHBACK


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We discontinued our learning when I had to go to Tsinghua U to study in August, and then my wife gave birth to our elder daughter in Sept.


  38. FLASHBACK


  39. INT. MEGABOX, KOWLOON BAY - DAY (2007)


  40. Ice-skating rink. COACH#2 is coaching DAUGHTER#1 (11), SON#2 (9), DAUGHTER#2 (7) and Peter (53) to dip, to do forward swizzles and backward wiggles and to do snowplow stop on two feet.


  41. PETER (V.O.): I'm so glad that I can still do them like my children.


  42. RETURN TO PRESENT


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And then in 2009, after passing a figure-ice-skating exam, I challenged my limit and fell badly, breaking my right ankle.


  44. Recalling.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the first time, I experienced the worst possible pain.


  46. Recalling.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Reluctantly, I had to take a 3-month sick leave, and then to relearn how to walk.


  48. Pausing.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Months later, I did return to the ice-skating rink. But I've become very risk-averse.


  50. On screen is the Q&A session. As some STUDENTS post questions, the characters on screen answers them live.


  51. Act 3


  52. INT. STUDY - 19:00


  53. Smart phone in hand, Peter types on screen.


  54. PETER (V.O.): Two IP friends got in touch with me this afternoon. One reported a success story and the other sent me an event invitation.


  55. As he has just posted his replies, Peter gets prompt feedbacks.


  56. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): One laments that we haven't met for a long time.


  57. Checking Google Photos on screen, Peter selects one featuring him holding a carrier bag against a backdrop.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Inside is the souvenir "Bing Dwen Dwen" - getting the mascot of Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 is beyond my expectations!


  59. INT. BEDROOM - 23:00


  60. Peter is about to sleep.


  61. PETER (V.O.): Today's voluntary work is particularly satisfying.


  62. THE END


  63. FADE OUT


























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