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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Wide Awake

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 04:30

  4. Dark. With tired eyes, PETER checks the bedside clock.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I've slept two cycles at best. One cycle is about 70-120 minutes

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Usually there're four to five cycles per night.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I may wake up briefly between intervals, but I shouldn't become wide awake.

  10. Peter tosses and turns in bed.

  11. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Yesterday, I only had green tea in the morning, as I usually do.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Perhaps, I'm thirsty.

  14. Act 2


  16. Pouring himself a cup of water, Peter drinks it, reflecting at the same time.

  17. PETER (V.O.): Yesterday, I visited Yuen Long and had a great time. I ate and shopped as well.

  18. Pausing.

  19. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): And I got a call from my car repairer that my 30-year old silver coupe had been repaired ie the ABS light wouldn't be on all the time.

  20. Recalling.

  21. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The car repairer thought it was a mechanical problem. But when the ABS pump was replaced, the ABS light was still on.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Failing to find any sensors last week, the repairer thought it could be the car's computer problem and took it to a computer expert.

  24. Pausing.

  25. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): If the coupe can't be repaired, I've no choice but to scrap it.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I couldn't pick it up right away as I was in Yuen Long. And today, I've to attend an important meeting at 9am. I'll collect the coupe after that.

  28. Pausing.

  29. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Am I too anxious about attending the meeting or picking up my coupe, or both?


  31. Peter is tossing and turning in bed.

  32. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): My mind is still racing with thoughts about upcoming events.

  33. We see Kaji sleeping peacefully beside Peter.

  34. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I'm not able to find a comfortable position.

  35. Peter extends his hand to touch Kaji's tail.

  36. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Relaxed, her tail isn't tightly curled.

  37. Pausing.

  38. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I must learn from Kaji and fall asleep.

  39. Later, we hear a phone alarm. It's 07:30. Peter wakes up.

  40. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I wake up tired. My day starts backwards. I'll drain my residual energy soon.


  42. A. Meeting room - 09:00. Dressed in a 3-piece suit, Peter engages actively in a meeting.

  43. B. Men's room - 11:00. Looking tired, Peter refreshes himself with cool water.

  44. C Meeting room - 13:00. Meeting ends, Peter leaves happily.


  46. EXT. STREET, CENTRAL - 13:15

  47. Peter walks towards the Central MTR station.

  48. PETER (V.O.): Now, some of my wide-awake thoughts can go to sleep now.

  49. INT. STUDY - 14:15

  50. Resting on a sofa, Peter isn't having an afternoon nap.

  51. PETER (V.O.): Reality is real when I'm wide awake. Imaginary stuff are real when I'm sound asleep.

  52. Act 3

  53. INT. STUDY - 20:00

  54. Working on a laptop, Peter inserts an AI drawing into a draft.

  55. PETER (V.O): This is the imaginary AI drawing done by the bot AnimeXL in response to my prompt "Wide Awake".

  56. Staring at the drawing.

  57. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The unexpected can happen, like the surprising turnaround of my coupe being repaired. It's now in my car park.

  58. Staring at the drawing again.

  59. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I just hope that this AI drawing won't keep me wide awake tonight.

  60. FADE OUT

  61. THE END

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