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Serling
01-06-2013, 11:33 AM
As of January 4th, 2013, I am officially retired from Fox 2, the Detroit TV station where I have spent almost my last 30 years of employment. The reporter with whom I won all of my Emmys and with whom I've worked closely for the past 15 years - Rob Wolchek - wanted to do a story on me (and couldn't wait to do the interview the next day when I would have shaved) and so this is what the station sent me off into retirement with.

I literally couldn't have asked for a better going away present than this.

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/20506543/farewell-to-editor-phil-lowe-after-30-years-at-fox-2

And now you know. :)

As alluded to in the story, I am headed off to DAVE School in April to begin the second chapter in my media career. I hope it will be every bit as successful as the first. :)

Netvudu
01-06-2013, 12:08 PM
Congratulations on a great farewell and an exciting new part of your career!
It is interesting to realize we tend to forget that behind our forum avatars there are people with great stories behind

Serling
01-06-2013, 12:23 PM
Thanks, man. Looking forward to meeting new friends in my new career! :)

nickdigital
01-06-2013, 04:34 PM
Congrats on your retirement and good luck on the next chapter of your career.

BigHache
01-06-2013, 05:13 PM
Very cool piece! Grats on a new chapter in life, those are usually exciting when you plan them.

Surrealist.
01-06-2013, 08:21 PM
Great stuff. What you said about story was spot on!

Good luck at the Dave school!

TheDynamo
01-06-2013, 08:47 PM
Congratulations friend, I hope I have the wherewithal to know when to retire :). Good luck in DAVE School.

-Rob

Serling
01-07-2013, 04:31 AM
Thanks guys...Can't wait til April!

Jim M
01-07-2013, 04:46 AM
Good work !

digitaldoc
01-07-2013, 05:50 AM
Congratulations and best of luck at the DAVE School. I graduated Class of 2003.

Mitja
01-07-2013, 05:56 AM
Great to hear that after 30 years you are still ready to learn new stuff!
And if you make it to Hollywood (that would be great too) pelase share how it works.
Cheers

GandB
01-07-2013, 06:07 AM
That was a great send-off! You'll have to let us know how working in your new arena (ie., DAVE and beyond) compares to your old digs.

Bill Carey
01-07-2013, 07:01 AM
Congratulations! Living in the Detroit area I've seen your work, amazing what you guys do on such short notice. Good luck at school!

mac
01-07-2013, 07:07 AM
Congratulations on a storied career, good luck on your new career. I retired at 50 and I'm enjoying every minute of it.

OnlineRender
01-07-2013, 07:51 AM
awesome ... good luck dude

allabulle
01-07-2013, 08:11 AM
Congratulations and have fun! :)

Nicolas Jordan
01-07-2013, 08:12 AM
Your skills and years of experience editing etc will no doubt come in handy and give you an edge in your future endeavours. Good luck! Hope to see your work on the forums.

Kaptive
01-07-2013, 08:42 AM
That was a lovely send off. Good luck with Dave School and future endevours!

Ryan Roye
01-07-2013, 09:43 AM
Congrats! It must be really humbling to have that time on the air. Heh... I really loved this quote from the video:

"Phil always makes sure us reporters sound smarter than we really are."

Serling
01-07-2013, 01:15 PM
"Phil always makes sure us reporters sound smarter than we really are."

LOL! Yeah, I caught that! This was one of his few pieces on which I didn't have or want any input! :)

Thanks again, guys! It was a very emotional day all the way around!

Serling
01-07-2013, 01:27 PM
Your skills and years of experience editing etc will no doubt come in handy and give you an edge in your future endeavours.

I sincerely hope you are right! The reason I want to go back to school is to augment my editing skills with modeling and animation skills. Even learning as much 3D, PhotoShop and After Effects as I have at this point has really helped me better communicate with artists who specialize in those tools. I've always been pretty good at collaboration with directors, producers, artists, and talent, so I think my time at DAVE will definitely enhance my ability to work better in a team environment and make me a better communicator.

Hopefully, there'll be a company out there that will want to hire someone with that kind of experience and ability when I get done at DAVE. I still have a lot of gas in the tank! :)

Serling
01-07-2013, 01:34 PM
Congratulations! Living in the Detroit area I've seen your work, amazing what you guys do on such short notice. Good luck at school!

Yep. We turned some of those projects pretty fast! If you saw the piece I did with M.L. Elrick that we called "it's a Kwonderful Life", we turned that piece in about 3 hours. The trick is, making the finished piece look like we spent days on it. :)

Unfortunately, that story is off the website. I'll have to get some of these back up on youtube. ;)

rwhunt99
01-07-2013, 07:09 PM
That was great Dave, congrats and wishing the best for the next page in your career/life.

sukardi
01-08-2013, 12:31 AM
Congrats nd good luck.

Very nice of your (ex)employer...

Mitja
01-08-2013, 01:37 AM
May I ask how much does Dave school cost?
Are there other schools/courses like that?

Waves of light
01-08-2013, 03:14 AM
Fantastic send off Phil. Good luck with Dave School, keep us posted on how it goes and showcase your projects.

kopperdrake
01-08-2013, 04:16 AM
Have fun in the next chapter of your story - new beginnings are always exciting and there's nothing better than following your dreams :)

Netvudu
01-08-2013, 07:45 AM
May I ask how much does Dave school cost?
Are there other schools/courses like that?

I dont like doing marketing stuff here, but since you asked:
If by "like that", you mean high level VFX formation on Lightwave, our school, FX Animation Barcelona (currently featured at https://www.lightwave3d.com frontend) has VFX programs with Lightwave, and if you live in Italy Im sure were quite closer than the U.S.