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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Clavinova

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDIO - 16:30

  4. At a corner, PETER is cleaning a Yamaha Clavinova.

  5. PETER (V.O.) : This Clavinova is 35 years old.

  6. As Peter touches the keyboard, we hear low-volume electric piano sounds.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Should I connect it to an amplifier?

  8. Pushing the volume button to "Maximum", Peter touches the keyboard again. We hear some loud distorted sounds from left and right.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, yes, there's a speaker on the right. It has reactivated again!

  10. Adjusting the volume button to "Medium", Peter plays some chords and melody awkwardly, and we hear medium-volume sounds.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I compose my songs with my guitars. I use guitars to accompany them.

  12. Peter continues to play chords and melody on the Clavinova.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've never performed my songs with the piano.

  14. Act 2



  17. Beside a grand piano, two STUDENTS are singing a song before a dozen VIPS.

  18. PETER (V.O.): Their public performance mean to entertain.

  19. Peter works some steps to the beat.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But the melody and lyrics of their song don't appeal to me.

  21. When performance ends, a STAFF approaches Peter.

  22. STAFF: Would you like to perform? I can play the piano to accompany you.

  23. PETER (unenthusiastic): I only sing my songs...

  24. PETER (Cont'd): It's really hard to collaborate without any preparation.

  25. STAFF: I understand.

  26. PETER: I used to let those performing with me have the sound recordings and the song sheets beforehand.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I wouldn't mind performing myself if I can play the piano reasonably well.

  29. Pausing.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, I should practise performing my songs with the piano.

  31. Later, Peter turns on a mini hifi system and we hear oldies.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I haven't listened to CDs for months.

  33. After hearing the song "San Francisco", we hear the instrumental of "A Summer Place".

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This musical piece is timeless. I wish I could compose one like it.

  35. Surfing the web, Peter finds the name of the composer of "A Summer Place" .

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He's Max Steiner (1888-1971). He scored "A Summer Place" in 1959.

  37. Pausing.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So, he wrote the musical piece at the age of 71.

  39. Peter reads Max Steiner's biography on screen.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Wow, he scored many Broadway and Hollywood music.

  41. Reading.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the cover version by Percy Faith, his "A Summer Place" spent nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1960.

  43. Taping YouTube, Peter listens to Percy Faith's version of "A Summer Place".

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, this is the version I've been listening...

  45. Peter surfs the web again.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The original version recorded for the film "A Summer Place" was done by Hugo Winterhalter.

  47. Finding Hugo Winterhalter's version on YouTube, Peter listens to it.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ah, it's easy-listening. The intro of Percy Faith's version is more captivating.

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No one has ever re-arranged or done a cover version of my songs.

  51. Act 3


  53. Peter gets his white Yamaha electric bass guitar.

  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Doing music, I don't mean to entertain the audience. I aim to inspire all to be creative.

  55. Peter puts on the book stand a children's piano song book.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In my songs, I sing what I mean in my lyrics, and my music reflects how I feel.

  57. Peter captures an image of the Clavinova with his smart phone.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My raw and real stuff aren't perfect, but at least I'm true to myself. And I've the courage to be creative.

  59. Peter plays the old Yamaha Clavinova again.

  60. THE END

  61. FADE OUT

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