Laffrey Witbrod

Mennonite Made

Last year, right after the floods here in Colorado, I signed on to be the location sound mixer for a reality show pilot with National Geographic. Well, I guess it got picked up, because it's airing next week! The show is called Mennonite Made, and it's a build show that centers around a Mennonite family that works together to build log cabins. The pilot centers around a cabin build up in Estes Park, and highlights some of the challenges they faced getting the log trucks into the neighborhood after entire roads had been wiped out. Plus, they had to work through heavy winds and freezing cold weather. Should be fun to watch so that I can relive all of those struggles myself. Ha!


Overall, it was a great experience and it helped me grow immensely as a sound engineer and as a filmmaker in general. To be able to work on a crew that size, and to see them build a house around us in just three days, it stood as a true testament (some religious humor there) to the work that can be done in such a short amount of time. When it comes down to having a job to do, you just have to get it done, no matter what the struggles might be.

The episode airs three times next week, the first time on Tuesday at 10PM ET, then again at Midnight ET. For more details on the show, as well as where and when you can catch it, check out the website here.