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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

In Tune

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. SWIMMING POOL - 19:30


  4. PETER swims leisurely.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Yesterday night, my wife took me to Sam Hui's concert.


  6. Swimming.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To me, it was our companionship that was important.


  8. Recalling.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can tell my wife enjoyed the show thoroughly.


  10. Recalling.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As for me, I was struck by the blend of different sounds when Sam strummed his guitar.


  12. Act 2


  13. FLASHBACK


  14. INT. SHUNG TAK COLLEGE - DAY (1969)


  15. Open space. Peter (14) is watching a SENIOR (16) strumming an acoustic guitar.


  16. PETER (V.O.): He's playing the chords of the folk song "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"


  17. Watching.


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The chords sound great. His guitar must be in tune.


  19. Pausing.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My guitar is never in tune. I press the 5th fret of the thickest string to determine the tune of the thinner ones.


  21. Recalling.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But the problem is that I don't know if the sound of the 6th string is in tune or not.


  23. EXT. TSIMSHATSUI EAST - DAY (2012)


  24. By the side of a temporary stage, Peter (58) uses an electric tuner to tune the open strings of his electric guitar to E, A, D, G, B, E.


  25. PETER (V.O.): I need it, as I can't determine the tune by ear.


  26. INT. TOM LEE MUSIC - DAY (2012)


  27. Peter is paying for a Fender Villager 12- string acoustic guitar.


  28. PETER (V.O.): I sense that 12-string guitars provide richer and fuller sounds than 6-string guitars.


  29. END FLASHBACK


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I thought the tuning of the additional strings were just the same as the main ones.


  31. Smiling.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was only a year or so ago I knew that I was correct only for the thinner B & E strings.


  33. Pausing.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The additional strings of the 4 thicker ones ie E, A, D, G should be an octave higher than the main ones.


  35. FLASHBACK


  36. INT. STUDIO - 10:30 (Today)


  37. Having screen time, Peter finds something.


  38. PETER (V.O.): Oh, there's now a free online 12-string guitar tuner!


  39. Quicky, Peter tunes his 12-string Ibanez acoustic guitar with it and then strums a few chords.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Now, the guitar sounds even better.


  41. As Peter turns to tune his Fender Villager 12-string acoustic guitar, we hear Peter reacting "Ooops!" see him breaking a G string.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me replace all the 12 strings then. I hope the task shouldn't be overwhelming.


  43. Opening a packet of "12"strings, Peter finds only 6 strings.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How come?


  45. Peter then examines the prints on the packet.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): OMG, "12" refers to the gauge (thickness) of strings.


  47. MONTAGE OF PETER'S SUBSEQUENT TUNNING


  48. A Peter opens another packet and we see 6 pairs of guitar strings.

  49. B. In the course of replacing the strings, Peter breaks another G string.


  50. C. Picking up the cut string bits, Peter has a finger punctured and we see blood.


  51. RETURN TO PRESENT


  52. Act 3


  53. INT. SWIMMING POOL - CONTINUOUS


  54. Swimming freestyle, Peter glides on the water.


  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Despite all that, I feel happy, as my two 12 - string guitars are in tune for the first time.


  56. Peter does a few butterfly strokes.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While music is the expression of harmony in sound, love is the expression of harmony in life.


  58. Peter climbs out of the pool.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Anyone who is in tune with life can make love grow.


  60. FADE OUT


  61. THE END





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