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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Who I'm?

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - DAY


  4. Checking his phone notifications, PETER smiles.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Here's a cute question: They say pictures in your smart phone reveal a lot about who you are. What three things do you have the most photos of? Mine would be my cat, Rockies games and my family.


  6. Reflecting.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I have lots of photos of my dog as she can't complain. I've no games as I don't have spare time to pass. I just have a few of my family as they don't like me capturing their images.


  8. Peter checks his Photos App. We see images demonstrating the conscious use of imagination.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): All my photos represent my artistic ideas, expressing beauty.


  10. Checking other photos depicting crowds.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I attended the National Day Reception, I captured some photos, representing ceremonial art.


  12. Checking one showing artistically a box of mooncakes.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This is a modern articulation of a traditional cultural expression.


  14. Thinking.


  15. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I like to take photos not just due to the upfront pleasure of experiencing life, but also of keeping fond memories of them.

  16. Act 2


  17. INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT


  18. Checking his phone notifications.


  19. PETER (V.O.): Here's another answer request about me: Can you list three things that we'd be shocked to learn about you?


  20. Pausing.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Should I respond to it? I don't want to shock anyone.


  22. Pausing.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I'd like people to know that I've got a website for my pet, Kaji. Apart from songs written for her, I write and publish weekly screenplays from her perspective.


  24. Pausing.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What other two things should I talk about? The recent one is about a life threat from a hired killer due to my professional work.


  26. Recalling.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):I've shared the story with a former classmate recently and she found it shocking.


  28. Recalling.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That other one happened in Spring 2004 when I was appointed by the Secretary General of WTO to settle two international disputes: US v European Communities, and Australia v European Communities.


  30. Pausing.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, these're the three things that I could share.

  32. Finishing answering on his phone, Peter sees another answer request.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): "On average, how many hours do people spend on their mobile phones?" That's the question.


  34. Pausing.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That must be many hours. Is there any study on this matter?


  36. Peter surfs the web with his mobile.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There's no consensus. But it's believed that people spend 11 hours a day on their screen time.


  38. Pausing.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've a hunch that it's far from wrong. Let me check my daily average.


  40. Having tapped Setting on his phone screen and then screen time, Peter looks shocked.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh my god! My daily average is 10 hrs 59 minutes!


  42. Act 3


  43. INT. STUDY - DAY


  44. Peter checks his phone notifications.


  45. PETER (V.O.): Here's another answer request: "Am I experiencing my life, or am I experiencing my memory of a life?" That's interesting.


  46. Peter surfs the web with his phone.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The way to explain that is this. We've two selves: (1) the experiencing self, and (2) the remembering self.


  48. Thinking.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In experiencing life, we decide basing on which self appeals to us more: The no-memory experiencing self for present pleasure? Or the memorable remembering self for overall happiness?


  50. Reflecting.


  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In my case, I believe my remembering self is the dominant one. I take photos of my life experience so that they'd jog my memory.


  52. Reflecting.


  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Every memory makes me who I'm.


  54. Reflecting.


  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Every experience, artistic or shocking, online or off-line shapes me.


  56. Peter begins to type his answer on the phone.


  57. FADE OUT.


  58. THE END


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