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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Start the Day Right

Updated: Feb 28, 2022

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 09:30

  4. We hear "Chambers" from Peter's smartphone. PETER takes the call.

  5. PETER (To phone): Going to court this Thursday? Fine.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.): It's a new day. But I don't expect to start it like that.

  8. Having opened a CD player, Peter uses a screwdriver to tighten screws.

  9. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Yesterday, it couldn't load and play.

  10. Peter then presses the Play button. We see a CD in a disc drive spinning fast and then we hear music.

  11. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Done - like a reincarnation.

  12. Act 2

  13. INT. STUDY - 10:00

  14. Smartphone in hand, Peter is reading Quora answer requests.

  15. PETER (V.O.): One Quoran asks what would be convincing evidence of postmortem survival of consciousness?

  16. Peter surfs the web.

  17. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): There's a PhD thesis relating to postmortem survival of consciousness.

  18. Reading.

  19. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd) Oh, the candidate concludes that it's a credible theory, basing on her interviews with interested persons.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Death is final, as far as the body goes. The dead can't give oral testimony.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): If the spiritual mind/soul is the brain in action, there can't be post-modern survival of consciousness.

  24. Pausing.

  25. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Living beings' personal feelings as proof of the existence of the fact is unconvincing.

  26. Recalling.

  27. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): There're stories about people narrating their near-death experience. But they aren't dead, so they still have consciousness.

  28. Peter types: The convincing evidence would be consistent and coherent communication from the dead to disinterested observers.

  29. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I haven't gone back to chambers for nearly a month now.

  30. Pausing.

  31. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I've to settle the rent. It isn't urgent. But I've the urge to give lunar new year red packets to the secretaries.

  32. Pausing.

  33. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Should I go back to chambers today? It's cold and rainy now.

  34. Peter puts on a sweater and a scarf.

  35. INT. DINING ROOM - 13:30

  36. Peter and his WIFE are having salads, soup and noodles.

  37. WIFE: I'll drive back to office and work there until this evening.

  38. PETER: Give me a lift then. I'll go back to chambers.


  40. A. Central. 14: 45. Stopping at a covered pedestrian walkway, Peter captures images of the quiet environment.

  41. B. Chambers. 15:00. Having handed a cheque, Peter gives red packets to SECRETARIES.

  42. C. Library. 15:45. Thick books by his side, Peter begins reading.

  43. D. Escalators. 17:00. Seeing a WOMAN in ancient costume, Peter takes snapshots of her.


  45. EXT. MTR CABIN - 17:30

  46. Standing, Peter maintains a distance from other PASSENGERS.

  47. PETER (V.O.): The woman in ancient costume I saw earlier went inside the court house after office hours.

  48. Pondering.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How many goals can a human being achieve in one lifetime? If we had numerous lifetimes, we could be able to achieve every goal.

  50. Wondering.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If she was a reincarnation wanting to achieve her lawyering goal, her testimony of post-modem consciousness would be convincing evidence!

  52. Act 3


  54. Peter is listening to hifi.

  55. PETER (V.O.): With new opportunities, they set my mind right and energize me.

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.): I've done and experienced a lot this Monday. I look forward to appearing in court on Thursday.

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's great to start the day right.

  60. FADE OUT

  61. THE END

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