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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

In 20 Minutes

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 13.30

  4. Looking down from the window, PETER sees an empty swimming pool.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Ah, I believe Typhoon signal No.3 is up. I can't swim now.

  6. Shrugging his shoulders, Peter files away some papers.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I just wanted to finish some professional stuff first. Is it windy now?

  8. On the search bar of his smart phone, Peter types "windy the song" and then reads "Windy (The Association song) Wikipedia".

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the song is actually about a person called "Windy".

  10. Peter clicks "Audio sample" to listen.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I love the melody. It was no.1 hit. It's genre is sunny pop.

  12. Reading.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the composer wrote the song in 20 minutes.

  14. Act 2

  15. EXT. ESTATE PARK - 14:00

  16. Peter is jogging.

  17. PETER (V.O.) :As I can't swim today, I'll jog instead.

  18. Pausing.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the early 2010s, I got nearly all my song-writing inspirations in this park.

  20. Jogging.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I first thought about the theme, using songs to say things.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Then, I create some spoken Cantonese lyrics, and then the melody, and then the English lyrics.

  24. Jogging.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My record time in writing a trilingual song was in four hours.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In general, I need 32 work hours to publish one MV on YouTube.

  28. Jogging.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My goal is to prove the creativity in us. If I can do it, so can all.

  30. INT. ESTATE MALL - 14:30

  31. Entrance. A signage stand indicates that Typhoon Signal No.3 is up.

  32. PETER (V.O.): Yes, it's windy outside.

  33. Inside a restaurant, Peter is enjoying Chive Prawn Dumpling Rice Noodles in Soup and Chrysanthemum Honey.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can finish them in 20 minutes. Can I write a song about typhoons in 20 minutes?

  35. Finishing quickly, Peter leaves.

  36. INT. STUDIO - 15:00

  37. Peter plays some guitar solo of the song "Windy" and then he strums some guitar chords.

  38. PETER (V.O.): I want to have a feel about the structure of the song and why it could be written in 20 minutes.

  39. Playing.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For a hit song, everything part of it sounds almost natural.

  41. Thinking.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can think of some melody for a Typhoon song's verse; but I've no clue on the chorus yet.

  43. Peter puts aside his guitar.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Nearly 20 minutes have passed. Let me explore possible poetic lyrics from Chinese poems about storms.

  45. As Peter is about to read texts on screen, his smart phone rings. We hear: Chambers.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It must be a follow-up call regarding my court appearance next week.

  47. Finishing the telephone conversations, Peter sighs.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's why I've only written a few songs for the past five years.

  49. Hesitating.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No, that's actually an excuse. For song writing, dry runs are frustrating.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. STUDY - 22:45

  53. Peter takes a look of the papers near him.

  54. PETER (V.O.): Practising law isn't creative. I was fortunate that I could work on legal policy while I was with Government.

  55. Peter works on his laptop.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Expressing ideas in my daily screenplays reconnects my past and anticipates my future.

  57. Pondering.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me have more song-writing sessions. See if and when I can write a no. 1 hit in 20 minutes!

  59. THE END

  60. FADE OUT

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