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Holly Mae Hancock

Production Assistant

Before running away to join the Geats, Holly was presumably raised in a Kentish commune by Bart Simpson, Courage the Cowardly Dog and Mort from Madagascar. Holly joined the team after several years at Pinewood Studios, and despite her hatred of feet, she likes to keep the Liquid Violet Producers on their toes by evaporating their 'to do' backlogs across both the M&E and Audio Dev service lines.

Similarly, though Holly's (Genshin) impact has been remarkable if not curious, it is commonly thought her voracious appetite for getting things done is singularly enabled by her Heelys, which leave her aged colleagues in the dust.



Q&A with Holly


What do you do at Liquid Violet/what does your job title mean?

I am Liquid Violet’s Production Assistant, and surprisingly, I assist with productions. This involves helping our producers with the scheduling of both game development and media & entertainment projects, working with Hannah to secure her ideal cast by organising auditions etc, and connecting with the outside world through our social media. Additionally, I provide the office with impeccable humour and vegan snacks. If I’m not at my desk, you can find me in the gaming (meeting) room.

What led you to this career?

At the age of 18, I wriggled and charmed my way into the TV Studios at Pinewood Studios. With the insane support and encouragement of my management, I continued to run there for the next 4 years whilst also running on other productions on location, running for the Post-Production department at Shepperton Studios, and completing a degree at KCL. Soon after graduation, I went to my first ever interview, and here I am now!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I love to hang out with my bestie, my little shadow, my cat Crumpet. Together, we play (a lot) of PS5, watch our favourite spooky shows, films and anime, read books and practice a little witchcraft. We can also be found checking in with the frogs in the garden. As an English Heritage member (humble brag), I also enjoy visiting historic sites and castles, where I will often find time to feed the local pigeons and squirrels too.

What is your biggest work-based accomplishment that you are really proud of?

Driving Ru Paul Charles in a golf-buggy. It took a lot of skill, brains and beauty, but I managed.

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?

Knowledge.

Doctor Who offers to take you back in time – what historical figure do you most want to meet?

They say to never meet your heroes, so maybe J.R.R. Tolkien. Not to fan-girl over him or LOTR - I’ve actually got beef with Tolkien regarding his misogynistic ‘Beowulf: The Monsters and The Critics’ essay. In fact, my very dissertation was a rage-fuelled reply to him.

Which team member would you like to swap places with for a day?

Since he’s taken to eating my snacks, probably Roman, just so I can eat my own food. On the plus side, he can be found cycling and swimming on a regular basis, two skills I am not, myself, capable of. I’d also be interested to experience what being wildly unfunny is like.

What other completely different job would you like to do if you weren’t doing this one?

There are two wolves inside of me: one is the ultimate gamer you’re hearing from now, the other is a medievalist. I would love to pursue my interest for the medieval, maybe becoming a full-time academic, carrying on where I left off from my degree. I’m a huge nerd and absolutely thrive when I’m researching, writing essays and participating in academic discussion. Maybe a good middle-ground would be writing and researching for an Assassin’s Creed game, or something of that nature.

What could you give a presentation on with no advance warning?

The Halloween film franchise. Specifically, a reading of Christianity in Carpenter’s original Halloween (1978), with Michael Myers presenting as both an anti-christ figure and God Himself, whilst Laurie Strode is representative of familial values and the Virgin Mary. Oh, and Halloween as the beginning of the slasher genre and the inspiration for gialli films, the Italian equivalent to slashers.

What form would your daemon take?

I just took the Buzzfeed quiz which told me my daemon would take the form of a ferret (whatever that means).

What is a job that you would be terrible at?!

Anything requiring working with kids. Gross.

What fictional place would you like to visit?

Not to be sick and twisted, but I would love to visit Haddonfield and experience the raw, primal, incomprehensible fear that Michael Myers bestows upon the community. If that’s a little dark, then I would agree with Max that Caladan from Dune would be an extremely beautiful sight to see.

What’s one thing that you’ve never done that you would like to do?

Write a novel. I’ve been in love with books and creative writing since a very young age. But I just cringe so easily at my own work.

If you could become an overnight expert in something, what would it be?

Languages. I’m doing my very best to learn Spanish, and to retain what I’ve learnt of Old English, but it’s not something that comes very naturally. I’m truly in awe of anyone who can speak multiple languages, it is such a valuable and impressive skill.

Any hidden talents?

I can make a pretty good pigeon noise.

What’s one song that you have completely memorized?

Anything by Grimes…or Pitbull. They both simultaneously live rent-free in my head.


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