Square Roots

Square roots: Alice Merriman

Editing, travelling and tattoos! Find out what our Video Editor Alice Merriman, gets up to in her spare time…

17/07/2024
First question

Who are you and what is your role?

I’m Alice Merriman, Junior Video Editor here at SITA, but I dabble on the camera side of things too, and the podcast of course.

Second question

We can see from your Instagram that you are a keen traveller. What’s been your favourite destination to date? Where’s on your list next?

That’s a hard one, I have fond memories of a family holiday to Disneyland when I was little, but I think Thailand is my favourite place to date - the markets, the sea, the sun, the elephants - everything is better near a beach, although I didn’t enjoy the 13-hour flight. Somewhere I have always wanted to go is New York, maybe because my mum was the same, and always spoke about how amazing it would be to visit, and she finally got to go for her 50th birthday. Hopefully, I don’t have to wait that long! Iceland is also high on the bucket list, watching the northern lights and the aurora from an igloo! Oh and Vienna, which also happens to be my favourite song. I have the place tattooed on me so it’s only right I visit... Too many choices to pick just one.

Third question

You could be the most tattooed person at SITA - how many do you have and what’s your favourite?

It depends on what counts as one tattoo, but if each finger placement is one tattoo then it’s 25 (I think), and to think I only ever wanted one… I have a few favourites, I don’t think I could possibly pick one, so I’ll give you my top three (in no particular order) - my strawberry, my disco ball and my leopard. The strawberry I got because my grampy loves strawberries and I have a memory from a Butlins trip with my sisters and grandparents of him always having strawberry ice cream. My disco ball is just fun and I love a boogie (only after a few drinks) so why not, and the heart-spotted leopard? She’s just cute.

Fourth question

What’s your funniest memory with the video team to date?

It has to be Barcelona in September 2023. The days working were long, very hot and hard work but the evenings we weren’t working were full of laughs and sangria with the video team - that made the trip. Oh, and lots of tapas.

Fifth question

You are known in your team to be freakishly fast at editing. When/where did your passion for editing originate?

When I started college, I worked on a project with a group of boys in my class, and one of them said to me ‘we can film and we can edit so you two (us girls) can just sit there’. OBVIOUSLY, we had to ask why and the answer was ‘you’re girls’ with a laugh. Editing was always my main interest when I was at college, and this spurred me on even more. Since then I worked my bum off to be the best editor I could be, and I guess the speed and the love for it just came from that.

Sixth question

Favourite TV series?

I am an avid watcher of TV shows, in 2023 I watched 70 series (including all 19 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy) and beat that in 2022 with 119 - embarrassing, I know. But, my all-time favourite TV series has to be Glee. My parents let me watch it when I was 10 (now I look back that was definitely a bit young) and my family went to see Glee Live on tour at Wembley Stadium, which was probably the best night of my life (still, so far). I have watched each series over and over since. It is now, and forever will be, my comfort show.

Seventh question

You lived in Manchester for uni - are you a converted Northerner, and what’s your favourite thing about the city?

Despite the Oxfordshire accent, I am a Northerner at heart, I have to be - the whole video team are. I loved the city and, maybe this is uni life talking, but one of my favourite things was 42’s, the nightclub. They always played the best songs and the drinks were so cheap, especially compared to London prices!!

Final Question

Do you have any hidden talents?

I wouldn't say it’s much of a talent anymore, but I can play the flute, which I don't think many people know, or would expect, and for some reason no matter how long it has been since I played, I can always remember the national anthem by heart and play it without any sheet music.

First question

Who are you and what is your role?

I’m Alice Merriman, Junior Video Editor here at SITA, but I dabble on the camera side of things too, and the podcast of course.

Third question

You could be the most tattooed person at SITA - how many do you have and what’s your favourite?

It depends on what counts as one tattoo, but if each finger placement is one tattoo then it’s 25 (I think), and to think I only ever wanted one… I have a few favourites, I don’t think I could possibly pick one, so I’ll give you my top three (in no particular order) - my strawberry, my disco ball and my leopard. The strawberry I got because my grampy loves strawberries and I have a memory from a Butlins trip with my sisters and grandparents of him always having strawberry ice cream. My disco ball is just fun and I love a boogie (only after a few drinks) so why not, and the heart-spotted leopard? She’s just cute.

Fourth question

What’s your funniest memory with the video team to date?

It has to be Barcelona in September 2023. The days working were long, very hot and hard work but the evenings we weren’t working were full of laughs and sangria with the video team - that made the trip. Oh, and lots of tapas.

Sixth question

Favourite TV series?

I am an avid watcher of TV shows, in 2023 I watched 70 series (including all 19 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy) and beat that in 2022 with 119 - embarrassing, I know. But, my all-time favourite TV series has to be Glee. My parents let me watch it when I was 10 (now I look back that was definitely a bit young) and my family went to see Glee Live on tour at Wembley Stadium, which was probably the best night of my life (still, so far). I have watched each series over and over since. It is now, and forever will be, my comfort show.

Second question

We can see from your Instagram that you are a keen traveller. What’s been your favourite destination to date? Where’s on your list next?

That’s a hard one, I have fond memories of a family holiday to Disneyland when I was little, but I think Thailand is my favourite place to date - the markets, the sea, the sun, the elephants - everything is better near a beach, although I didn’t enjoy the 13-hour flight. Somewhere I have always wanted to go is New York, maybe because my mum was the same, and always spoke about how amazing it would be to visit, and she finally got to go for her 50th birthday. Hopefully, I don’t have to wait that long! Iceland is also high on the bucket list, watching the northern lights and the aurora from an igloo! Oh and Vienna, which also happens to be my favourite song. I have the place tattooed on me so it’s only right I visit... Too many choices to pick just one.

Fifth question

You are known in your team to be freakishly fast at editing. When/where did your passion for editing originate?

When I started college, I worked on a project with a group of boys in my class, and one of them said to me ‘we can film and we can edit so you two (us girls) can just sit there’. OBVIOUSLY, we had to ask why and the answer was ‘you’re girls’ with a laugh. Editing was always my main interest when I was at college, and this spurred me on even more. Since then I worked my bum off to be the best editor I could be, and I guess the speed and the love for it just came from that.

Seventh question

You lived in Manchester for uni - are you a converted Northerner, and what’s your favourite thing about the city?

Despite the Oxfordshire accent, I am a Northerner at heart, I have to be - the whole video team are. I loved the city and, maybe this is uni life talking, but one of my favourite things was 42’s, the nightclub. They always played the best songs and the drinks were so cheap, especially compared to London prices!!

Final Question

Do you have any hidden talents?

I wouldn't say it’s much of a talent anymore, but I can play the flute, which I don't think many people know, or would expect, and for some reason no matter how long it has been since I played, I can always remember the national anthem by heart and play it without any sheet music.

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