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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Best is Yet to Come

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDIO - 19:00

  4. Deep in thought, PETER's gaze is fixed on a laptop screen.

  5. PETER (V.O): In composing my new song about fleeting time, I question if the best is yet to come.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I know the cliche encourages optimism and hope for the future.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): During challenging times, it provides comfort and serves as the driving force to achieve.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But how convincing is the idealistic saying in contexts?

  12. Act 2


  14. EXT. STREET - 09:45 (Today)

  15. Walking towards a car repair shop, Peter checks the balance shown on his mobile's HKJC App.

  16. PETER (V.O.): No change. I've missed the Mark Six jackpot again.

  17. Recalling.

  18. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I won the 3rd prize twice, first in 2005 and then in 2021. If the best is yet to come, when? I've hefty bills to pay.

  19. Pausing.

  20. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): For conventional car repairing business, it can't be that the best is yet to come.


  22. Waiting area. Peter is sipping a cup of expresso.

  23. PETER (V.O.): It's my fifth time here in days. Two cars passed the tests. Another two failed. A failed one is being re-tested.

  24. Thinking.

  25. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): For it to pass the test after extensive repair is just okay.

  26. INT. CAR PARK - 11:45

  27. Crouching down beside a 2001 New Beetle's wheels with wheel caps in hand, Peter uses his hand to hammer them into places one by one.

  28. PETER (V.O.): Oh dear, my back strain which was gone has come back again.

  29. INT. STUDY - 12:00

  30. As he checks emails in his mobile, Peter sees more festive greetings.

  31. PETER (V.O.): I'm going to reciprocate with AI drawings.

  32. Prompting an AI drawing bot and seeing drawings generated in his mobile, Peter doesn't look satisfied.

  33. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Is the best yet to come?

  34. As he prompts the bot again, Peter sees a message: Stopped responding.

  35. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I'll try other AI drawing bots then.

  36. Soon, Peter sees on screen: Due to limited have 0 free message left...

  37. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But I won't subscribe to any AI drawing bots, as there's no certainty that the best is yet to come.

  38. INT. RESTAURANT - 14: 45

  39. Having finished his tea set, Peter reads an email.

  40. PETER (V.O.): It's from my good friend Hao. He was my last business lunch guest while I was with Govt.

  41. We follow Peter to read:...your song is really catchy and full of positive energy...

  42. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): That's very encouraging... but I couldn't perform it live for him...and I don't go to overseas conferences anymore.

  43. Responding to the email, Peter selects and inserts an AI drawing from his mobile.

  44. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): This is how I may look like...would it be the best to come?

  45. INT. STUDY - 15:30

  46. Relaxing on a sofa, Peter is watching a movie via YouTube.

  47. PETER (V.O.): The movie title is "The Best is Yet to Come". Another good friend recommended me to watch it.

  48. Watching.

  49. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But the female actress' parts don't enhance the depth or complexity of the plot.


  51. Act 3


  53. Peter checks the many AI drawings in his mobile.

  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When faced with challenges, I seek solutions to resolve them.

  55. Selecting the one he sent to Hao earlier, Peter inserts it into a draft.

  56. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): It's the best one at present. Embracing AI, I find joy in my artistic endeavour.

  57. Reflecting.

  58. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): To experience life's best, I've got to live each day believing that the best is yet to come!

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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