Category Archives: Bios

Bios of members, speakers, industry leaders and guests

James Murty

James holds a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science & Pure Mathematics) from University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Internetworking from the University of Technology Sydney. He is currently the Head of IT Operations for a major online, bricks and mortar retail vendor and logistics business.

He has 15 years experience in film, TV and online production having worked with Beyond Online, StreamWorks, and Yoram Gross – EMTV. He managed the encoding for News Interactive/Fox/Apple Computer joint venture in online broadcast for the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He was the author of a series of UNIX how-to columns for MacWorld Australia in 2003-2005. He also works as an video editor, compositor, and streaming media, website developer.

He has been an active member of ACM SIGGRAPH (Sydney Professional Chapter) since 2001 and the webmaster for our Chapter website for many years.

Tracey Sernack-Chee Quee

Tracey Sernack-Chee Quee is the Higher Education Project Coordinator at TAFE NSW Ultimo campus, and a doctoral candidate at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

She has more than thirty years industry experience as a professional in the fashion and management sectors of the design industry, as well as over twenty five years experience as a design and digital media educator and curriculum developer at TAFE NSW and the University of NSW.

Tracey’s teaching practices centre around the history of art, design and culture, and helping art and design practitioners develop business acumen through development of a professional practice.

Tracey holds a Masters in Art and Design Education and a Bachelor of Art Education from UNSW Art + Design [formerly the College of Fine Arts (COFA), Sydney], as well as a number of vocational qualifications in a variety of design, digital media and educational disciplines. Tracey was the recipient of the Award for Excellent Service to Public Education and Training in 2004.

Tracey is one of the founding members of the Sydney ACM Siggraph Chapter, and has served as the chapter’s Treasurer for over fifteen years. She is also a member of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and held the position of Education and Membership Councillor for the NSW chapter between 2007 and mid-2010. She is a member of the National Association for Visual Arts (NAVA); the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ), the Design Management Institute (DMI) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Tracey is passionate about creating and maintaining excellence in vocational and higher education, and creating employment opportunities for graduates in Australia and overseas.

Debra Symons

I have over 10 years experience in web design and development. I have acquired a broad knowledge of web technologies during this time.

My specialist skills are creating computer graphics and designing and developing custom interactive web applications.

Outside of work, I am interested in digital media and the broadband technologies that deliver digital content.

Innovation is my passion and I have a special interest in technology and education.

I have a keen interest in photography.

Groups and Associations

  • The Australian Interactive Media Industry Association – AIMIA
  • ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
  • AIT (Athens Information Technology) Executive Education Alumni Club
  • The Australian Centre for Photography –
  • HP Innovations in Education

Richard Cass

Richard Cass is a designer with over 10 years professional experience in graphic design, web design and illustration working for companies in Canada before returning to start his own creative services studio in Sydney in 2000. Throughout that time, Richard has developed a wide range of skills in the field of visual media design and production including graphic design and pre-press; web design, coding and development; Flash animation and scripting; corporate identity and advertising design; and art and illustration.

Richard holds an Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design from Design Centre Enmore (DCE) and a Bachelor of Adult Education from UTS. He has been at DCE since 2005 as a teacher and head Teacher of Graphic Design & Digital Media and most recently as the Manager of the 3D Animation and Digital Effects courses.

Bethany Bruce

As Learning and Development Manager at Metro Screen, a Sydney based film school, Bethany Bruce is dedicated the professional development and skills building of emerging independent storytellers across screen platforms.

Within skills development Bethany is interested in delivering cutting edge training at Metro Screen across a broad range of interactive graphics programs to up skill existing screen practitioners and train up new ones. In terms of personal interests Bethany is passionate about the Australian screen industry and the renewal of the industry by the discovery and nurturing of new talent.

Complementary to this interest, Bethany has skills in traditional film production, editing, graphic design and online producing, with First Class Honours in Media Arts and Production from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Kit Devine

Kit Devine has been involved in computer graphics since 1984. She created her first animation using code while in her last year of art school. She joined XYZap in 1986 and over the next 15 or so years worked in Sydney, London and LA as an animator and effects artist on film and tv projects. She has won a number of Australian and International awards for her commercial work. She began lecturing at the AFTRS in 2002 and has been at the ANU since 2011. She is currently undertaking a phd at COFA in collaboration with the iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research. Her research area is in the field of Virtual Heritage. Her short film Womb with a View was screened at the 1992 London Film Festival. She is a founder member and Empress of the DLF, a significant though informal, network of industry professionals.

Valerie Allerton

Valerie Allerton coordinates the New South Wales Film & Television Office’s Emerging Filmmakers Fund and Digital Visual Effects Scheme. She has been working in the Development and Investment Branch of the FTO since 2004. Prior to working in Australia, Valerie worked with the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS), a world-renowned classical music training and performing institution. A classically trained musician herself, Valerie has expertise in grant development and fundraising and has worked with Board Trustees and National Council level management in these areas. She also has worked in journalism and silkscreen and textile design.

Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is a student at Qantm College in Surry Hills, where he is currently completing a Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment. He is due to complete his studies in November 2008. Andrew has recently been accepted to start an internship at Fuel VFX’s starting in September.

Andrew is passionate about 3D animation and all things computers. In his spare time Andrew is a keen Archer and Clay Target Shooter. He has been working with Murray Odyssey, a charity supporting Medecins san frontieres, assisting them with their web presence for an upcoming charity expedition down the Murray River.

Andrew has been a member of Sydney ACM Siggraph since March 2007 and is keen to expand his participation in the visual effects industry

Paul Debevec

Paul Debevec is the associate director of graphics research at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (USC ICT) and a research associate professor in USC’s Department of Computer Science. His Ph.D. thesis at UC Berkeley presented Façade, an image-based modeling and rendering system for creating photoreal virtual cinematography of architectural scenes from photographs. Using Façade he led the creation of a photoreal animation of the Berkeley campus for his 1997 film “The Campanile Movie” whose techniques were later used to create virtual backgrounds for the “The Matrix”; he went on to demonstrate new image-based lighting techniques in his animations “Rendering with Natural Light”, “Fiat Lux”, and “The Parthenon”. Debevec led the design of HDR Shop, the first widely used high dynamic range image editing program and co-authored the recent book “High Dynamic Range Imaging. Debevec received ACM SIGGRAPH’s Significant New Researcher Award in 2001 and recently chaired the SIGGRAPH 2007 ComputerAnimation Festival.

Paul led the design of HDR Shop, the first widely used high dynamic range image editing program and co-authored the recent book High Dynamic Range Imaging. He received ACM SIGGRAPH’s Significant New Researcher Award in 2001 and recently chaired the SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival. He is also involved in the inaugural SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 conference as one of the Computer Animation Festival jury members. More information on SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 can be found here: (Bio)

Ruth Saunders

Ruth Saunders has a BA (Hons), a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Graduate Diploma in Library Science. None of these qualifications have been much help in her career as a plastic pipe salesperson, travel booker or film distributor. She started working at AFTRS in the Film Library then moved into distribution and marketing, honing her skills in film festival entry form completion while learning about incompatible video formats, copyright, royalties, music licenses, accounting and how to wrap parcels that will stand up to international transportation.