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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Intrinsic Motivation?

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 20:30

  4. PETER submits a Quora answer.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Someone asked me how could she grow her intrinsic motivation?

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Intrinsic motivation is defined as the doing of an activity for the inherent satisfaction rather than for some separate consequence.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm only interested in people doing an activity, manifesting the activity's intrinsic or extrinsic value.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For example, buying diamonds can be for investment. Wearing diamonds to show off creates extrinsic value.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Intrinsic motivation sounds analytical but new to me.

  14. Act 2


  16. INT. LIFT LOBBY - 08:40

  17. People takes a look of a reception STAFF.

  18. PETER (V.O.): He's a substitute. I wasn't greeted as usual.

  19. INT. CASTLE PEAK, NT - 09:40

  20. Immigration centre. Secured environment. Peter and INTERPRETER#1 meet their CLIENT, who is wearing an I-LOVE-HONG KONG T-shirt.

  21. PETER (V.O.): I'm helping my client to seek political asylum to stay in Hong Kong, China.

  22. Later, an OFFICER interviews Peter's CLIENT with the assistance of INTERPRETER#2, Peter intervenes when the interview is about to end.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I want my client to put her case better.

  24. As the interview ends, Peter leaves the centre with the Officer and Interpreter#2.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We all get paid to do the job.

  26. EXT. CAFETERIA BEACH, NT - 11:30

  27. Quiet. No-lifeguard warning signs. Peter is swimming,

  28. PETER (V.O.): The water quality here is good - very different from the Bay's name.

  29. Swimming.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm not tired of swimming in the sea. Doing exercises has intrinsic value.

  31. Swimming.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As a pensioner, the longer I live, the longer I get paid. So my swimming hobby has extrinsic value too.

  33. INT. STUDY - 13:00-15:00

  34. Behind his computer, Peter works hard.

  35. PETER (V.O.): I quite like the assignments as they are IP-related, I've full autonomy, and everything is done online.

  36. Thinking.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm paid in US dollars too.

  38. INT. MALL - 16:45

  39. Elegant Chinese restaurant. Dumplings are put on the table.

  40. PETER (V.O.): Well, time to reward myself.

  41. Swimming-gear store. While Peter is checking stuff on display, a SALES REPRESENTATIVE approaches Peter.

  42. SALES REPRESENTATIVE: Wanna get a new credit card in 15 minutes? You'll get a $50 gift coupon!

  43. PETER (V.O.): I can earn $50 in 2 minutes. Since he's proactive, I'd support him.

  44. Peter passes his identify card to let the Sales Representative fill in some particulars on a pad.

  45. SALES REPRESENTATIVE: You've retired, right?

  46. PETER (V.O.): People can tell by my look.

  47. Peter nods unwillingly.

  48. INT. LIFE LOBBY - 19:10

  49. Peter checks the reception.

  50. PETER (V.O.): The same substitute. Ah, he works a 12-hour shift.


  52. Act 3

  53. INT. STUDY - 22:30

  54. Peter is working on his laptop.

  55. PETER (V.O.): Creating something - like my writing of daily screenplays - may be due to intrinsic motivation.

  56. Thinking.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As to how to grow intrinsic motivation, my writing goal has been to challenge the limits of my creativity.

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having done hundreds of screenplays, I haven't exhausted my creativity yet. That grows my intrinsic motivation.

  60. Pausing.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As a copyright expert, I know my repertoires have extrinsic economic value.

  62. Reflecting.

  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Whether my motivation is intrinsic or extrinsic, or both, I'll continue to create to score the hardest goal.

  64. FADE OUT.

  65. THE END

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