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When first-year film student Spencer O'Toole is asked to make a music video for a band, he leaps at the chance. But Jerry, Spencer's dad, shows up, and somehow the band assumes he's in charge, despite the fact that he has zero background in film. And then there's Scratch, violent gang member turned sleazy music producer, who keeps making big promises but fails to deliver on a single one. Spencer has no idea how he's going to get this thing made. When the band invites him and his dad up to a cottage for the weekend, Spencer takes the opportunity to ditch Jerry. But one small fib snowballs into dozens of lies, and soon Spencer finds himself in way over his head.

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Published 10 October 2017
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EAN13 9781459812383
Language English
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Ted Staunton
Ted Staunton
Copyright ©2017Ted Staunton
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Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Staunton, Ted,1956–, author POV / Ted Staunton. (Orca limelights)
Issued in print and electronic formats. isbn 978-1-4598-1237-6 (softcover).—isbn 978-1-4598-1238-3 (pdf).— isbn 978-1-4598-1239-0(epub)
I. Title. II. Series: Orca limelights ps8587.t334p67 2017jc813’.54 c2017-900839-0 c2017-900840-4
First published in the United States,2017 Library of Congress Control Number:2017933020
Summary:In this highinterest novel for teen readers, Spencer is commissioned to create a music video for a bluesrap band. Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.
Edited by Tanya Trafford Cover photography by Shutterstock.com
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For Jîm M., Ean, Rob, Mat, Wî, Ian and Jîm B., wo ave a been ere and done a.
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’m ûsîng aong Dûndas Sree în downown I orono, îmagînîng everyîng ramed as a ong rackîng so. ï’s rîckîer an î soûnds. ry movîng and keepîng yoûr ocûs Ixed, îke a camera’s, însead o eîng yoûr eyes roam a over. ï yoû can do î, î makes yoû kînd o dîzzy. ï aso makes yoû sûmbe îno down-ow sû yoû ûsûay woûd see on a bûsy sree, îke sma dogs and ûneven pavemen and pan-anders sîTîng on mîk craes. hîs spîces ûp e soûndrack, bû ï don’ recommend î. ï ange rîg and îno e Sarbûcks a Eîzabe Sree. ï’s sprîng, bû oday îs coo enoûg a wen ï pûs open e door, e warm aîr ogs ûp my gasses. ï ose e so enîrey.ï aso înae e naûseaîng sme o good coee
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and bûmp îno someone wî a doûbe ow-a caî soy aTe. ï can’ see î, bû ese days ï’ve go a nose a knows. My gasses cear, and ere’s Scrac, sîTîng acîng e door, back o e wa. He was sîTîng a way e as îme we me. He coûd jûs be proecîng îs coes. Scrac îs a dapper gûy, and spîs appen. ï srûg my messenger bag îger on e soûder o my cûrîng sweaer and ead over. “Spencer O’ooe.” Scrac sands and we do props, en sake ands îke bûsîness gûys. He’s now rockîng a paîr o back-ramed îpser specs îke mîne, wî a wîe sîk scar and a sprîng overcoa—back, naûray—worn cape sye over one o ose sîm-I sûîs, îke some renc movîe dîrecor rom wenever. ï gûess yoû coûd say dîrecîng îngs îs Scrac’s îne o work oo. “How are yoû, my man? How’s Bûnny? ï as been a day.” ï’s been sînce Crîsmas, în ac, wen Scrac eped me wî someîng învovîng my yoûnger broer, Bûnny. ï’ expaîn aer. “Bûn’s good,” ï say. “ï’m good.” “Yoû wan a coee?”
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“No, anks. ï work în one o ese paces.ï’m kînd o o coee. Mîk oo.” Scrac ooks aarmed. “Wy? here some-îng wrong wî—” “O, no, no. e coee’s grea, e mîk’s res. Yoû jûs ge coee’d oû, îs a. Someîmes ater a ong sît yoû’re wîred rom jûs smeîng î.” Scrac nods. “Occûpaîona azards. We a ave ’em.” Scrac’s are probaby worse an mîne. He sîs back down. “e me yoû’re no movîed oû oo. Yoû’re doîng Im scoo?” “O yea. ï’ never be movîed oû. ï’m bûsy rîg now oûg, Inas and everyîng.” “îrs year?” ï nod. “Remember î we.” ï gûess ï ook sûrprîsed, becaûse e says, “Bûsîness admîn and markeîng. Good program. earned o read a baance see.” Scrac smîes. “Had o qûî ater second year— oo mûc rea bûsîness o rûn, yoû ûndersand.” ï nod. ere are îneresîng movîes aboû Scrac’s bûsîness.Boyz n e Hood, or însance. Or maybeGoodeas.sîps îs coee, Scrac keepîng î we away rom îs scar.
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“And bûsîness îs wy ï go în oûc,” e conînûes. “ï’m dîversîyîng. Ca î venûre capîa. Go someîng needs yoûr aens. ï saw yoûr poss on Yoûûbe. ïmpressîve, bro.” A ï’ve posed on Yoûûbe aey îs a oûr-mînûe scoo “docûmenary” on a oca marke, wî os o sqûawkîng cîckens and voîces în dîeren angûages. O, and a parody rap vîdeo ï made wî scoo rîends. We green-screened a gûy îno a Ied so e was rappîng o a erd o cows. ha one does ge ûnnîer as e nîg goes on, bû ï don’ see î jûmp-sarîng a career. “Yoû wan me o make a movîe?” ï say caûîoûsy. “A promo vîdeo,” Scrac says. “or my new projec. Go a band ï’m managîng. ï need some-îng o sop em aroûnd.” “Wa are ey caed?” Scrac cecks or eavesdroppers. He eans în. “BûeGrap.” BûeGrap?” He nods. ï’m mysîIed. “Um, wa kînd o mûsîc?” Scrac smîes. “Bûegrass rap. Down ome ges down. Yoû ere? hey’re goîng o be ûge.”
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ï’ve never eard o bûegrass rap. Bû en, ï’m no îno mûsîc as mûc as movîes. ï coûd e Scrac a banjos and beaboxes are my wo eas avorîe mûsîca însrûmens. ï ey’re însrûmens a a. Bû ï don’ say a. ï say, “Coo.” Ater a, îs îs bûsîness. “So ere’s e dea, my man,” says Scrac. “ï’ pay yoû a oûsand doars o make a mûsîc vîdeo a caces eîr vîbe, eps me se em. How ong wî î ake?” “We, ï—” “C’mon, Spencer. ï’ve seen yoû înk qûîcker an îs. And ï dîd gîve yoû a and as Crîsmas.” ï ûmbe. “ï’ ave o ear e band,” ï say. “Yoû know, come ûp wî a concep.”  Scrac îs aready sandîng, adjûsîng îs coa. “So we’ say a week en.” “Wa? ï’d need a eas wo. here’s edîîng and—” “en days, ops. ey ave a gîg a e EmmeT omorrow nîg. Eeven o’cock. Mee and gree, and e meer’s rûnnîng. Concep îs a yoûrs. ha’s wy ï’m comîng o yoû. Yoûr vîsîon. oved ose cows. Bû say goes were e money
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sows. ï ge Ina…cû—a’s wa ey ca î, rîg? Exceen. Here’s my ce nûmber. See yoû ere. Prepare o ave yoûr word rocked.” He’s oû e door beore ï can even say ï’ need o ceck on a ew îngs Irs. hroûg e ron wîndow ï see îm ake o îs gasses, sîp on a paîr o Ray-Bans and gîde away. Cû. he scene îs so: one ake, and ere won’ be anoer.
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