OVERVIEW: In addition to acting, writing, singing and voice-over, Matthew Carauddo has over 15 years of experience in fencing, staged combat and martial arts (Wing Chun Kung Fu, Jujitsu, Shotokan Karate, Jeet Kune Do, Tricking). Matthew is a licensed fencing instructor, approved and examined by the Federation Francaise D’Escrime (FFE). He has taught hundreds of group fencing classes and one-on-one lessons behind the mask throughout the California bay area at schools, academies of fencing, summer camps, and parks and recreational facilities.
(Photo by Jerry Giles: https://jerrygilesphotography.com/ )
In 1999, Matthew achieved his F.F.E. diploma (Federation Francaise d’Escrime) in France after testing in front of several French fencing masters. He spent years training, sparring, assisting with instruction, and also achieved 12 medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) during competitive saber fencing tournaments in the United States.
Originally studying under Maestro Daniel Tibbetts of California Fencing Academy from 1998-2003, Matthew continued to learn from additional instructors and masters over a total of 12 years, including: Maestro Marcos Lucchetti, Prevost Miklos Benedek, Maestro Tomek Amborski, Maestro Anthony Joslin, and several others.
ORIGINS: Matthew began acting as a child when he was around 9 years old. He pursued on-stage performance throughout middle school, high school, and all throughout college.
At Gunderson High School, for his senior project, Matthew had several objectives in mind, and accomplished them all:
* Direct and perform a sword fight scene from "Cyrano De Bergerac", as well as performing the 'Your Nose Is Rather Large" insult monologue
* Perform two songs from "Little Shop of Horrors" (both as 'the dentist', and as 'Seymour')
* Direct and perform all three fight scenes from "The Princess Bride" (Steel, Strength, Wits), along with the 'love scene' (Buttercup & Westley)
COLLEGE: The scenes from 'The Princess Bride' also helped solidify his interest in fencing and staged combat. In 1998, Matthew began studying fencing far more seriously (at an academy of all three weapons). In short time, Matthew was offered a position to instruct youth (and later, adults), and continued to train, learn, study, and become a much more astute instructor.
Beyond swordplay, Matthew acted and worked crew on several shows, including: "Much Ado About Nothing", "Picnic", "Bent", "Lend Me a Tenor", "City of Angels", "And We Were Left Darkling", "The Matchmaker", "The Grand Guignol", "Soup or Salad", "Twilight Zone" episodes (adapted for the stage), and he also adapted and directed a one-act version of "Everyman" (a medieval morality play from the year 1260). There are more examples, but... that's plenty for now. :)
AFTER COLLEGE: After acting in several performances/musicals (primarily at Foothill College in Los Altos, CA), in 2000, Matthew starred as 'Bilbo Baggins' in a stage adaptation of 'The Hobbit'--another dream role of his.
Unfortunately, since all of his performances occurred in the 1990's (right up to 2000 with 'The Hobbit'), and also due to lost hard drives over the decades... few images or video clips remain.
To see and hear some examples of Matthew's more recent acting, singing, and voice-over work, visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9dXWUhBtw0VI5nUOxl1JvA/videos
Matthew’s staged combat experience ranges from choreographing classic plays such as “Twelfth Night” and “Romeo & Juliet”, to children’s performances of “Peter Pan”, “The Three Musketeers”, and, of course, Star Wars-style, live L.E.D. saber combat performances.
'STAR WARS' PERFORMANCES: In 2006, Matthew launched “Balance of Power”, (a series of 100% live staged combat shows) complete with music, vocals, story, character, costumes, and of course: saber combat. He wrote, developed, choreographed, directed and performed in these shows live, on-stage. To see the vast amount of performances created, visit his old performance channel:
Created when Youtube first began (2005/2006), his old channel is stacked with 15 years of videos regarding martial arts, sound work, fight work, performance projects, and some of his vocals/singing.
Matthew is considered to be one of the primary pioneers of the 'sound font' (2006/2007), which is essentially a collection of 'swing' and 'clash' motion effects, power and idle sounds, and more--all designed for custom sound and light driver boards for L.E.D. saber and sword-style props. Originally designed for Erv Plecter’s original 'Crystal Focus' electronic driver boards, Matthew's 125+ original and unique sound fonts continue to be inspiration for amazing sound design in the saber community.
Matthew also designed the bulk of sound work within all of his live performances (also seen on the same channel as his sound work is listed, below).
To learn more about Matthew's sound work, visit this link:
To learn more about Erv Plecter's 'Crystal Focus' (and other) electronics boards:
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