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I became a real Shell Motor Oil expert,
by Renny Harlin

I became a real Shell Motor Oil expert,
and I did this 25-minute film.
It turned out really well and, as a result,
they offered me more work and lots of commercials to direct.
- Renny Harlin

I learned a lot about how to shoot and how to put together sequences.
- Renny Harlin

What I learned most was how to tell a story in 15 seconds
or 30 seconds or 60 seconds -
to have some kind of goal of what to try to do and
make it happen in that time.
- Renny Harlin

It proved to be pretty impossible to get funds for
a feature film in Finland.
It's still small, but the film industry was miniscule
at that point in the early '80s.
- Renny Harlin

 

In Finland, getting a university degree is the first
thing that you expect your kids to do.
- Renny Harlin

You just never give up, no matter how hard the challenges are,
and observe this world with a healthy dose of criticism
and don't just follow the herd like somebody else might do.
- Renny Harlin

I went out to some advertising agencies and asked if I could do anything.
- Renny Harlin

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I loved movies and went to see every movie I could in Finland.
- Renny Harlin

I was making films when I was about 12 years old -
Super-8 films.
- Renny Harlin

I did some film reviews for small papers in Finland
and things like that to be able to keep living here.
- Renny Harlin

I decided that, somehow, I had to get out of there and go to Hollywood.
I had never been to America.
- Renny Harlin

At that point, the movie was called Wild Force.
Everything fell apart, eventually - our financing completely fell apart -
and we were never able to make that film.
- Renny Harlin

I loved cutting together simple commercials about margarine or soft drinks -
all kinds of silly products -
but I tried to make the commercials different.
- Renny Harlin

Actually, it was first a movie called Gale Force,
which was a hurricane movie.
That script never came together, and then the same
deal was replaced with Cliffhanger.
- Renny Harlin

Ford Fairlane was one of those movies that was so much
fun to make that it was bound not to be a big hit.
- Renny Harlin

This was in '79.
I got pretty restless there, sitting around with a
lot of people sitting around smoking cigarettes and talking about films,
but nobody really doing anything.
- Renny Harlin

My very, very first professional job was when I was 19 years old -
I got a job doing an educational industrial film on
Shell Motor Oil's oil products.
I really put my heart into it - I wrote a script for it,
I did a lot of research.
- Renny Harlin

Several times we were stranded in strange places without
any money and with our credit cards cancelled -
trapped in a hotel that we couldn't check out of because
we had no money to check out.
- Renny Harlin

Eventually I did that, but it took a lot of twists and turns,
and there were a year or two there where I was living with no money at all -
no home,
no car, no nothing.
I was living in somebody's garage in Los Angeles at that point -
for a year.
- Renny Harlin

A government institution called the Finnish Film Foundation funds filmmaking there,
and I wrote several screenplays but never got any money.
They were sent back to me, and they said that they
were too commercial for them.
- Renny Harlin

Eventually, in '84, we made a film for a little over a million dollars -
with American actors that was shot in English -
that was shown in Finland A little action film called Born American.
- Renny Harlin

I think the reason why we were able to actually get
it made was that we were so extremely naive -
we had no experience at all here.
We didn't even know that you were supposed to have an agent.
We didn't even have a lawyer.
We didn't know one soul.
- Renny Harlin

There were a lot of people dreaming about making films,
and they would finance maybe 6 films a year.
Because they were funded by the government,
the films sort-of had to deal with serious social issues -
and,
as a result, nobody went to see those films.
- Renny Harlin

You want to do something that shows some type individuality
and talent and imagination -
at the same time,
you want to be truthful to the predecessors,
because obviously the audience liked something about
them and you have to replicate that experience to a certain extent.
- Renny Harlin

I've continued to always keep in mind having a healthy
does of that in Hollywood,
now that I am part of the system and obviously have
to follow the way the system works -
you still have to have that crazy determination.
- Renny Harlin

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

We did not change as we grew older;
we just became more clearly ourselves.
- Lynn Hall

A man who was completely innocent,
offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others,
including his enemies,
and became the ransom of the world.
It was a perfect act.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I basically became a cheerleader because I had a very strict mom.
That was my way of being a bad girl.
- Sandra Bullock

The more he became truly wise,
the more he distrusted everything he knew.
- Voltaire

The danger of the past was that men became slaves.
The danger of the future is that man may become robots.
- Erich Fromm

Each problem that I solved became a rule,
which served afterwards to solve other problems.
- Rene Descartes

I haven't eaten at a McDonald's since I became President.
- William J. Clinton

After I won the Oscar, my salary doubled,
my friends tripled, my children became more popular at school,
my butcher made a pass at me, and my maid hit me up for a raise.
- Shirley Jones

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier,
you will become a general.
If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.'
Instead,
I was a painter, and became Picasso.
- Pablo Picasso

I just became one with my browser software.
- Bill Griffith

I became a fanatic about healthy food in 1944.
- Gloria Swanson

They gave it to us for about five bucks a week,
and we just went there to live.
Probably the first band that ever did that back then
and it became the famous cottage.
- Jim Capaldi

When I was in high school, I became interested in cytochemistry:
chemical analysis under the microscope,
and trying to understand the composition of cells.
- Joshua Lederberg

I worked in the media from the late 30's through the early 70's.
Politics in general became more liberal both nationally
and within the state as the years passed.
- Jesse Helms

Like the Spitfire it was immensely strong:
a pilot had no need to fear the danger of pulling the wings off,
no matter how desperate the situation became.
- Douglas Bader

The sicker mother got, the stranger the people surrounding her became.
I called them The Garland Freaks.
- Lorna Luft

I eventually became proud of my strikeouts,
because each one represented another learning experience.
- Willie Stargell

The Metropolis should have been aborted long before it became New York,
London or Tokyo.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

If I was working hard, she bled into my personality.
I became more cynical.
- Marg Helgenberger

I was sued by a woman who claimed that she became pregnant
because she watched me on television and I bent her contraceptive coil.
- Uri Geller

Thanks to the Japanese and Geronimo,
John Wayne became a millionaire.
- Pat Morita

This continuity of sound and form was something that
I became really interested in from working with Ligeti.
He was always going on about how form has to be continuous.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

The day I became press secretary to the President of the United States,
I was in an entirely different world from the one I'd been in the day before.
- Pierre Salinger

But the West did not last long enough.
Its folk myths and heroes became stage properties of
Hollywood before the poets had begun to get to work on them.
- Christopher Dawson

Doing that hunt scene was really quite demanding.
I actually broke a rib during that scene.
And then all the scenes after that became quite challenging,
just breathing and laughing.
- Guy Pearce

Nobody became an actor because he had a good childhood.
- William H. Macy

Since I became chairman, I've tried to turn EFF into
civil liberties and responsibilities.
- Esther Dyson

From that, I became very anxious to produce something of my own.
- Jackie Cooper

The life of the village became more and more affected
by strikes and lock-outs.
- John Grierson

Chicago kept industry, attracted new business,
became the center for convention trade and transportation.
- Jane Byrne

Through travel I first became aware of the outside world;
it was through travel that I found my own introspective
way into becoming a part of it.
- Eudora Welty

As I began to discover my own truth and endeavored
to possess it with clarity,
I became more and more alienated from that which my companions held,
or professed to hold.
- Juan Goytisolo

I got pigeonholed a bit.
When I wanted to be an actress, I never wanted to be
the kind of actress I became.
- Rachel Ward

I am very proud of the fact that many workers in my Gau,
numerous former Communists and Social Democrats were
won over by us and became local group leaders and Party functionaries.
- Fritz Sauckel

We became convinced that, regardless of Stalin's awful
brutality and his reign of terror,
he was a great war leader.
Without Stalin, they never would have held.
- W. Averell Harriman

In this atmosphere I soon became interested in nucleic acids.
- Frederick Sanger

My grandparents told endless stories about the town they were from.
It became an almost mythic place.
- Vincent Schiavelli

The dream factory of that time was much simpler.
As media outlets grew, everything became so complicated.
- Janet Leigh

I admit it: I had fun watching right-wingers go wild
as health reform finally became law.
- Paul Krugman

Running became boring because it's so predictable.
I got to a point where I knew what my competition could do.
- Peter Snell

John Glenn craved the publicity.
I think even John would admit that.
When he went into politics, that became pretty obvious!
He knew how to do public relations.
- Wally Schirra

I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make
them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.
- Sandy Koufax

No one ever became extremely wicked suddenly.
- Juvenal

In Germany air became generally accepted Berlin in this area.
It operated with 45 airplanes within the Low Cost range from Germany,
and is one the most successful carriers in Europe.
- Niki Lauda

We did this two-week boot camp before we filmed the movie.
I got to know everybody in the group and we became friends.
We got really tight throughout those two weeks.
- Shia LaBeouf


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