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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Echoes of Yesterday

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDIO - 10:00

  4. Relaxing on a sofa, PETER is in thoughts.

  5. PETER (V.O): I meant to have a car re-tested today, but the testing centre has no vacancy.

  6. Checking phone emails causally, Peter sees festive greetings.

  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): As I'm free now, why don't I try to compose a festive tune to reciprocate?

  8. Peter picks up a 12-string Fender acoustic guitar near him and plays a few chords.

  9. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Performing my KT (Knowledge Transfer) song at HKUST yesterday, I was thrilled.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): What should the hook line of the tune?

  12. Thinking.

  13. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Time flies over us. Does it leave any shadows behind?

  14. Act 2


  16. Humming a tune, Peter, in a three-piece suit, is greeted by a STAFF at the foyer.

  17. PETER: Hi Joe! Thank you again for facilitating my performance yesterday!

  18. JOE: Now, all OKT (Office of Knowledge Transfer) know who you're! Here's your name tag.

  19. As he is greeted by other STAFF, Peter acknowledges them and smiles graciously.

  20. JOE (Cont'd): We've arranged a special seat for you.

  21. Later, we see Peter sitting with a VICE-PRESIDENT inside the theatre.

  22. PETER (V.O.): I'm just the vice-chair of HKUST's KT Committee.

  23. After opening remarks, the MC first invites Peter to join the photo session.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm wearing a three-piece suit just because today is cold.

  25. Phototaking.

  26. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Apart from supporting OKT, I wish to learn from the talks how Mainland Chinese tech enterprises are being led.

  27. Seated again, Peter follows the talks.

  28. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): They sound very good, but I've very big negative returns in investing in Mainland Chinese stocks.

  29. Later, before leaving a reception, Peter goes to chat with TIFFANY, who stares at his outfit.

  30. PETER: Tiffany, thank you again for your great help yesterday!

  31. TIFFANY: Yesterday, you looked like a performer, and today...

  32. Peter smiles modestly, appreciating her observation.

  33. INT. STUDIO - 18:30

  34. Strumming a few chords, Peter sings a little and stops.

  35. PETER (V.O.): The tune and the lyrics now seem not as good as I first thought.

  36. Putting aside the guitar, Peter checks phone emails.

  37. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Oh, a very good friend has sent me his festive mail and greetings.

  38. Pausing.

  39. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I usually respond with something creative.

  40. Thinking.

  41. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But my new tune isn't good enough. I've to refine it and I don't know when that's done.

  42. Thinking.

  43. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): How about responding with an AI poem in Chinese? I've been using AI since Spring this year.

  44. Prompting a language model many times on his smartphone, Peter doesn't look satisfied.

  45. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Are poems like echoes asking shadows to dance?

  46. Peter prompts the language model again.

  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Lingering sounds of echoes are generally found in emptiness and hollowness.

  48. Reading his very good friend's festive email and greetings again.

  49. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But echoes of old hearts are different.

  50. Pondering.

  51. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Would echoes roll from soul to soul, and grow until the twelfth of never?

  52. Act 3

  53. INT. STUDIO - 20:00

  54. Peter prompts an AI bot in his smartphone to generate a drawing entitled "Echoes of Yesterday"

  55. PETER (V.O.): My yesterday's perfornance at HKUST has motivated me to write another new tune.

  56. Checking an AI drawing.

  57. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I believe thoughtful and meaningful communication is better than conventional or expected one

  58. Checking another AI drawing.

  59. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): On literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works, I'm willing to invest time and intellectual effort to create them authentically.

  60. FADE OUT

  61. THE END

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