I had a great time working on the first OpenCut project. I got a first-hand look at the Red workflow, which was really useful for me. And I made a fun video in the end. I didn’t win their fabulous prize package, and for obvious reasons I didn’t expect to. I was hoping to work on future OpenCut projects, but I’m skipping the current one. The main reason is the increase in price. I understand that all that shipping and copying takes a lot of effort, but the $25 fee for the first project was low enough that I could enter on a whim. Now it’s up to $75, which is a significant amount of money to pay to edit a commercial for someone else. Which brings me to my second problem. It’s a commercial… for a ski resort. I hate skiing, so looking at slo-motion footage of skiers is not my idea of a good time (although I remember having a great rainy day at summer camp watching a 16mm ski film in reverse). And if I’m going to make a commercial, I’m damn well going to get paid for it. I might still try the music video project they’re doing in the future. I watched a bunch of music videos in HD on MHD over the weekend and I was really disappointed in the lack of ideas on display in the videos these days. The Knights of Cydonia video was incredible though.