Hamza Yassin: Being serious requires as much effort as filming extreme wildlife

Hamza Yassin has said that the amount of effort required for Strictly coming to Dancing is similar to that of him filming wildlife in remote locations.

Every day, the 32-year-old cinematographer and presenter captures scenes of nature and animals around the world from the Scottish Highlands to Antarctica.

Reflecting on swapping his solo filming days for dancing every Saturday with his dance partner, Jowita Przystal, on the BBC’s flagship show, he admits both present challenges for him.

He said, “The similarity is that we’ve put in a lot of effort, we’re putting more time and effort into the dances.

“And it is exactly the same when it comes to wildlife. Most of the time when it comes to wildlife it’s sunrise to sunset, and if you get close to the poles at the right time of year, it can be a long day for you at that particular time. .

“While here, it could be exactly the same. We work for nine hours a day, as soon as you come back – sleep, eat, take an ice bath and come back the next day.

“So it’s very similar but obviously, it’s completely different. Most of the wildlife I do is alone and I can only focus on the shots that I need.

“Here, I am sharing the dance floor with Jowita but we are also trying to choreograph a meaningful or coherent routine or tell a story.


Jowita Przystal and Hamza Yassin perform while dancing seriously (Guy Levy / BBC / PA)

“So it’s really lovely. And then you go into the studio and meet this wonderful Strict family. “

When asked which is the bigger challenge, he admits both can be stressful.

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“If I go to Antarctica, some production companies are paying over half a million to send a crew there to do a specific shot and I’m talking about the three-second shot, and if you mess that up, There you go, you get in trouble,” he explained.

“While here you have more than a minute and a half and make sure you don’t make a mistake.

“As for me, I’m a perfectionist, I don’t want to make mistakes. So each has its own challenges.”

However, he notes that when he finishes his dance routine, he hopes to have a chance to come back and improve next week, but with filming, sometimes you have to wait a year before condition to re-capture that moment.

He also added that while some judges may be critical, they are not on the same level of threat as the wildlife he comes close to.

“Craig (Revel Horwood) doesn’t want to eat me, polar bears do,” he notes.

During the regular time to mark the BBC’s centenary anniversary last month, Yassin paid homage to the BBC’s natural programming background as he and Przystal danced rapidly to the song On Top Of The World by Imagine Dragons, with fake polar bears in the background.

The cameraman and presenter said he hopes to continue using his platform to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the environment.

“I hope that people see my love for the natural world and mother nature, and how important that is, not just to me, because I love it, but to every Homo sapien on the planet. the world and why we need to take care of it,” he said.

“My whole ethos as a wildlife cinematographer is to make these documentaries to put them in people’s living rooms and have them sit and say, ‘wait, we need must do something about this’.

“My purpose in life is to make this world a better place for us and for the next generation. In the end, my parents’ generation gave me a love for the natural world and I hope I can inspire the next generation and others who are sharing this planet with us. “

Seriously come dancing continues on BBC One.

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