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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Message on the Wall

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 14:15

  4. PETER is dressing up.

  5. PETER (V.O):Time to go the headhunter's office.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): When I was about to cease active service, this headhunter found me as one of the potential candidates for open positions.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I wasn't recruited by any organisation. I became a self-employed.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Months ago, I was one of those who selected the headhunter for a service contract.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): It's interesting to me to learn about the process inside out this time.

  14. Act 2


  16. Office. Walking along a corridor, Peter glances at a framed message on the wall, which reads: Success isn't linear.

  17. PETER (V.O): It's an interesting thought.


  19. A. Conference room. Committee MEMBERS including Peter take turns posing questions to Candidate#1. They listen attentively, considering the responses.

  20. B. Later, they repeat the process with Candidate#2.

  21. C. Having discussed among themselves, the Committee dismiss.


  23. Coming out, Peter takes another look of the message on the wall.

  24. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): For the successful candidate, his or her path to success may be linear.

  25. Thinking.

  26. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): What about those who aren't chosen? The message on the wall becomes apt to them.

  27. Recalling.

  28. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): In the course of developing my career, I got many rejection letters.

  29. Office corridor. Peter walks back and forth.

  30. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): It's linear. And I haven't succeeded in finding the exit.

  31. Stopping.

  32. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): The reception was at the side. Where has it gone?

  33. A STAFF appears, pressing a button to open the partition. The reception reappears before Peter's eyes.

  34. PETER: I don't expect this!

  35. STAFF: We close at 5:45pm.

  36. PETER (V.O): Is it success working here?

  37. INT. MTR - 18:10

  38. Crowded. Peter checks a mobile message.

  39. PETER (V.O): A verbal discussion tomorrow? Fine.

  40. Peter types on his mobile screen.

  41. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I believe my entrepreneur-friend thought success was linear. When unforeseen events happened, he sought my help.

  42. Pausing.

  43. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I exercise my best endeavour to help, suggesting different approaches and corrective adjustments.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): But, there're just too many external factors beyond our control.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Again, our hope to go from setbacks to success is linear. In reality, we may circle around to the same pain.

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): It's really hard to salvage a failing project to achieve success.

  50. Pausing.

  51. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): For big-ticket items, learning from setbacks is punishing.

  52. Act 3

  53. INT. STUDY - 21:30

  54. Peter inserts an AI drawing entitled "The Message on the Wall..." to a text.

  55. PETER (V.O): "Success isn't linear" challenges the common belief that success follows a straightforward linear path.

  56. Thinking.

  57. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Many individuals, including me, have experienced setbacks or deviations from our expected career or entrepreneurship path.

  58. Reflecting.

  59. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Embracing the twists and turns that lie ahead, success is about having the value to be creative, the commitment to do and the courage to try, again.

  60. FADE OUT

  61. THE END

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