Courtney Gunsalus known professionally as Courtney Guns took another big step in her career in country music last week in Bemidji Minnesota. Guns filmed a music video for her iconic tribute song to veterans entitled “All We Have” released on her debut record “Never Let The Dust Settle” last November. Guns and her band shot the first scene at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji with director Harlan Hegna at the helm.
Hegna is no stranger to the movie industry having served in various capacities on many well-known productions throughout the years. Hegna is a Bemidji High school graduate and has always wanted to come home to shoot a music video so when he received the offer from Guns to film a music video here in Bemidji he jumped at the opportunity. Guns and fellow band members, Troy Tronnes on guitar, Jared Noska on Lead guitar and Craig Randall on drums. The band is currently searching for a bass player at the present time. The video was shot in the church sanctuary with a few modifications to boot, lighting and a gigantic American flag for the backdrop. The production on this video was nothing short of spectacular with costs for the complete production just below $7,000. Film makers shared that a similar production in Hollywood would have cost around $50,000.
The concept for the video was simple, shots of the band and Guns with the backdrop of the American Flag, followed up by a staged military funeral at Camp Ripley in Little Falls with the backdrop of the graves of the fallen, would give viewers and fans alike a realistic presentation of showing honor for those who gave all for their country. Funding for the video was hosted by Kickstarter in which fans could sign up and make a donation for the production. Hegna’s “Must Go Faster Productions” produced the video which is slated for a tentative October release.