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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.


  39. SEQUENCE OF PETER'S ACTIVIES ON A MONDAY AFTERNOON.


  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.


  44. END SEQUENCE


  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


  53. INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT


  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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