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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Time Tango

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. MONTAGE OF PETER'S DAY TODAY


  4. A. Home. 6:45. Hearing alarms, Peter gets up.


  5. B. MTR station. 7:30. Peter boards a train.


  6. C. Kowloon Tong. 7:45. STAFF greet Peter and lead him to a coach.


  7. D. Shenzhen Bay Port. 8:45. Peter exits the border control points.


  8. E. Guangzhou. 13:15. During a meeting, Peter is served with a lunch box.


  9. F. Highways. 16:15. Scenes from Guangzhou to Kowloon Tong.


  10. G. Supermarket. 19:00. Peter buys some bananas.


  11. H. Home. 19:15. Peter shares a banana with KAJI, the family pet, lovingly.


  12. END MONTAGE


  13. Act 2


  14. INT. STUDY/STUDIO - 19:30


  15. Shutting the airplane mode of his smartphone, Peter checks emails.


  16. PETER (V.O.): Oh, while I was engaging in a meeting in Guangzhou, someone enquired about my availability in Dec and expected a quick reply.


  17. Peter checks his appointments in Dec on screen.


  18. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I usually reply promptly unless I'm in court or away from Hong Kong.


  19. Having added the events in his phone calendar, Peter sends his reply.


  20. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): At today's meeting, many left early, I was the very few who stayed until the end.


  21. MONTAGE OF THE MEETING SCENE

  22. A. Some PARTICIPANTS check the time, gather their belongings and exit discreetly.


  23. B. Glancing around, Peter notices the dwindling numbers of participants on site and on screen.


  24. C. Refocusing himself, Peter takes notes and actively participates in the discussion.


  25. END MONTAGE


  26. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I believe those leaving the meeting early had their other commitments, tasks and priorities.

  27. Peter watches TV news.


  28. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I chose to stay until the end as I was committed to maintaining my "professionalism" in doing anything wholeheartedly.


  29. Thinking.


  30. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But our team roles are the same.


  31. Thinking.


  32. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Or should I have evaluated whether my attendance until the end was necessary?


  33. Thinking.


  34. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But if that was truly necessary, like maintaining the quorum, the secretariat would have urged me and others to stay.


  35. Wondering.


  36. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): So was I just simply stupid to spend more time than others to achieve a common objective?


  37. Looking visibly tired, Peter dozes off.


  38. DREAM SEQUENCE OF DANCING TANGO


  39. A. Dance floor. Tango-beat music. The DANCERS stand face to face, their bodies pressed together in a firm yet flexible embrace.


  40. B. Dance floor. Tango-beat music. The dancers move as one, their steps synchronized to the rhythm.


  41. C. Dance floor. Tango-beat music. Through subtle body movements, the dancers use tension and release to lead and follow each other.


  42. D. Dance floor. Tango-beat music. The dancers' steps are deliberate and precise. They use pauses and pauses to build anticipation and tension.


  43. E. Dance floor. Tango-beat music. The dancers' footwork and leg movements are expressive and captivating as if they're telling their emotive story.


  44. END DREAM SEQUENCE


  45. As we hear explosion sounds from a TV news report, we see Peter's dozing off is disturbed.


  46. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I used dance Tango very well.


  47. Pausing.


  48. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I'd to dance to the beat, not quicker or slower.


  49. Pausing.


  50. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Does tango have any relevance with time management?


  51. Act 3


  52. INT. STUDIO - 21:00


  53. It appears something has dawned upon Peter.


  54. PETER (V.O.): Managing time is like dancing tango. The partners must navigate intricate steps and movements in harmony with each other.


  55. Typing natural language in his smartphone, Peter instructs his 文心一言 assistant.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): See if she can depict "the Time Tango". I expect to see a man and a woman dancing.

  57. Repeating or modifying his prompts several times, Peter subsequently sees an AI drawing featuring a man and a woman dancing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As time is a very limited resource to me, I must balance better my different commitments, tasks and priorities.


  59. FADE OUT


  60. THE END





































































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