In all of my video tutorials and tours (where you can't incorporate video easily) I've never used video footage of myself. I think it can be very useful so when the famelab competition appeared I thought it would be a good idea to have a go and develop some skills in filming at the same time. Here's my entry:
Notes on the content: This explanation comes from James Lovelock who thought of it while working on the Mars Viking program whose mission was to send space craft to Mars to see if martian life existed. The idea led onto him developing what he calls the Gaia hypothesis but which the scientific community has incorporated into thinking as Earth System Science. The competition bans the use of special effects so no video footage of Google Mars :(
Thoughts on the process: I am quite happy standing up in front of hundreds of people giving a presentation. However, faced with the lens of my video camera I found myself stuttering and losing my train of thought - this is take 15! It wasn't that I dropped the martian toy or anything, I was just flumoxed by talking without an audience. Towards the end, I got used to it.
It would have been nice to do something more original than a static talking head shot but I thought I'd keep it simple for my first attempt.