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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Lazy Thursday

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 18:00


  4. Lying on a sofa, PETER looks at his smartphone, which reads "Thursday, 18:00"


  5. PETER (V.O.): It's my lazy Thursday.


  6. MONTAGE OF PETER'S EARLIER ACTIVITIES


  7. A. Roadside. 09:00. Peter sees his WIFE driving away a New Beetle.


  8. B. Study. 09:30. Having set up his iPad Mini, Peter joins an online workshop with camera off and audio muted.


  9. C. Study. 10:30. Grabbing his smartphone, Peter checks his investment list in Yahoo!Finance.

  10. D. Studio. 13:00. At his Clavinova, Peter is playing "Theme from a Summer Place".


  11. E. Restaurant. 14:15. Peter is having a plate of Fried Noodles Singaporean Style.


  12. END MONTAGE


  13. Act 2


  14. EXT. ESTATE SWIMMING POOL - 18:30


  15. Rather crowded. Peter is swimming in the deep water area.


  16. PETER (V.O.): Swimming here rather than in the sea, I've no concern on my safety.


  17. Swimming slowly.


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Unlike sea water, there's no temperature change and my body doesn't have to adjust to it.


  19. Swimming lazily.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The water enveloping my body isn't refreshing. There's no current pushing or pulling me either.


  21. Swimming in circles.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can't get connected to the natural world.


  23. INT. CLUBHOUSE - 19:00


  24. Sitting in a chair, Peter checks featured images at the back page of the South China Morning Post.


  25. PETER (V.O.): Stunning images of the cosmos...


  26. Peter reads the small prints.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They're from the James Webb Space Telescope which can hunt first galaxies in the early cosmos.


  28. Peter researches with his smartphone.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Telescope's long infrared wavelength enables it to see light from over 13 billion light years in the past.


  30. Reading.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's 1000 times more powerful than the Hubble Telescope or it can see details of a coin 38 km away.


  32. Pondering.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Beings are made up of the same fundamental particles and energy that exist throughout the cosmos.


  34. Pausing.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Physically, bodies are composed of atoms that were formed in the hearts of stars through nuclear fusion.


  36. Recalling.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was studying Cosmology, I'd gaze up at the stars and wonder about my role in the cosmos.


  38. Peter researches further.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A potential habitable planet that is 1.2 times the size of Earth is 4.24 light years from Earth.


  40. Pausing.


  41. PETER (V.O.): A light-year is the distance that light travels in a year, which is equivalent to 9.46 trillion km.


  42. Peter investigates further.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Moon is about 384,000km from the Earth while the Sun about 194.6 million km.


  44. Wondering.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How unique are earthly beings, in particular intelligent ones, in the cosmos!


  46. Peter then reads the news in a Chinese newspaper.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, a 60-year old taxi driver was killed and tourist passengers injured in a traffic accident...


  48. Pausing.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Life granted, making a living isn't easy.


  50. Peter shakes his head sideways.


  51. Act 3


  52. INT. STUDY - 23:00


  53. Tapping an AI drawing App in his smartphone, Peter inputs "part of the cosmos".


  54. PETER (V.O.): If I'm lazy this Thursday, it's my relaxed way to enjoy a day on Earth.


  55. Soon, we see a cubist image appearing on screen.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It resembles the data visualisation of the James Watt Space Telescope.


  57. Reflecting.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As part of the cosmos, I'm participating in its evolution on a lazy Thursday.


  59. FADE OUT


  60. THE END





























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