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'Pearl Harbor' is next

July 27, 2000

'Pearl Harbor' is next



Since April, Scott Gardenhour, 39, has been busy, much of the time in Mexico, working on "Pearl Harbor," a film by Jerry Bruckheimer.

Bruckheimer produced the Hollywood blockbusters "Flashdance," "Top Gun," "Bad Boys," and 1998's "Armageddon," which was Gardenhour's first foray into the world of feature films.

"Pearl Harbor," starring Ben Affleck and Cuba Gooding Jr,. reunites Gardenhour with "Armageddon" director Michael Bay, with whom he worked on award-winning commercials. They also teamed up on three large-scale videos for Meat Loaf's comeback album.

Gardenhour is enjoying his work, but is aware that there are "negatives" in the entertainment business. People sometimes lose sight of who they are, he said.

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Gardenhour is grateful that he grew up with four siblings, learning to adapt, learning that you can't always have things your way, learning how to handle and respect other people's feelings and space. These lessons relate directly to his work as a producer, managing the process he described as "collaborative" and "ever evolving."

The world is different from the one in which Gardenhour grew up. By using the Internet, young people don't have to leave a small community to find the world, he believes. "You can pursue your dreams. They are achievable, but it doesn't come easy," he said.

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