The Wolfpacker

January 2013

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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The end result was a feature that Ramsey is confident is "the most comprehensive history that has ever been done of any program in history because of the fact that is so well documented and those films have stayed intact. "When you do a film, it's like taking a journey out west — you discover all these things," Ramsey said. "I just got more and more fascinated with everything I found out." An Emotional Film Former NC State head coach Jim Valvano famously said that a successful day included thinking, laughing and crying. "You do all three of those things watching this film," Ramsey said. "There are a lot of laughs. There is a lot of funny stuff in it. There's a lot of real factual stuff in it, and there are a lot of tearjerking moments. "There are a lot of players getting choked up on camera about certain things." Ramsey used his theatrical background to do more than just tell the story of NC State basketball — he recreates the emotions of every moment. He even hired Los Angeles composer Bill Benson to create an original score for the film. Corchiani was quickly taken aback by how much he had never seen about NC State basketball, like Lou Pucillo throwing a behind the back pass on a fast break in the late 1950s, Eddie Biedenbach emotionally talking about David Thompson's terrifying fall in 1974 and even Valvano running around a hotel wearing a unitard. "To see the history gave me chills," Corchiani said. "That is the beauty of this DVD — it takes fans way back. It really gives everyone a sense of who NC State was and who we are and what we need to maintain and become." Corchiani was so inspired by what he saw during that reunion that he enthusiastically signed up with Ramsey to help produce the project. Corchiani, his making career, but he was back in Raleigh wife, Stewart, and Ramsey have worked four years ago when he received notice tirelessly since then to finish the film, from's Tim Peeler about a which was slated to be screened for discovery in Reynolds Coliseum. the first time Dec. 6 and is available at In the basement of the historic building were film canisters that went all the way Ramsey also got cooperation from the back to the days of legendary coach EvNC State athletic department. erett Case. The timing coincided with the "I want to give Debbie Yow a huge 100th anniversary of NC State basketball amount of credit for creating the atmoand came just after Wolfpack great Dick sphere to allow this to happen," Ramsey Dickey had passed away. noted. The time had come for Ramsey to purRamsey is excited about releasing this sue his project. As far as he could tell, only Thanks to NC State's extensive archives, the film at a time where NC State basketball Duke, Indiana and Kentucky had similar three-hour DVD may be the most comprehensive coach Mark Gottfried is collecting talent films. Ramsey had an advantage for his history of a college sports team ever produced. at a rate that has caught the attention of the project. During Case's 28 years as State's coach, he kept film of college basketball world. almost every game and many practices. In hindsight, producing the project in 2012 rather than 1992 "That stuff is still intact," Ramsey noted. "A lot of them are was a blessing in more ways than one. archived with the ACC. You got the entire history of NC State "I'm glad it didn't happen back then because I didn't have basketball, which really started with Everett Case; you got the the skills as a filmmaker," Ramsey said. "I needed to get some whole thing before your eyes." experience. Dickey's passing also spurred Ramsey to start interviewing "I don't think the timing could ever be better. Right now is a former players, including some from as far back as Case's first great time to look backwards because it looks like we have a good team in 1946. future. Mark Gottfried has embraced the history of the program "Their memory is unbelievable, and they can give you details like no coach has since Valvano." of certain plays that is really remarkable," Ramsey noted. "These "Running With The Pack" now gives fans that opportunity to guys would sit down with us for hours and hours." embrace the program in a way they may have never seen it. ■ 44  ■  the wolfpacker 42,44.Corchiani Book.indd 44 12/11/12 1:24 PM

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