Sound of Music Musical
On Road with Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music, now on DVD
Rodgers and Hammerstein
A Film is Made "The Sound of Music"
"Salzburg is more than just a city where this story took place. It is an athmosphere" - Robert Wise.
Location scouting in Salzburg began in 1963 and filming on location started in early spring of 1964. Robert Wise had planned to spend six weeks on location as the flights and the housing for over 250 crew members, technicians, camera men, stage hands, architects and actors were extremely expensive and there were even more technicians coming from Munich, Germany. The schedules were quite tight. The only thing that could not be planned was weather, and as Salzburg is famous for its rain, the six weeks turned out to be eleven. During location scouting the settings had been chosen: Frohnburg Castle, a 17th century castle on the outskirts of the city, for the front courtyard. Today, the castle houses students of teh Mozarteum Music Academy. Leopoldskron Castle was chosen for the setting on the lake with the garden and the terrace down to the water. This castle belongs to the Salzburg Seminar and is used for international seminars and groups as well as a hotel where individual travellers can enjoy their Salzburg holiday.
When the weather was bad the crew could shoot in covered sets. One was St. Margarethen Chapel (e.g. for the beginning scene when the nuns pray) and the other were studios nearby Parsch.
The company was housed in four hotels: Wise and Andrews stayed at the "Österreichischer Hof (now Hotel Sacher)", the children at the "Park Mirabell", Plummer and the nuns at the "Bristol" and the rest of the crew up at the "Winkler". The production office was in the Dürer Studios, make-up and hairdressing at the Bristol. The working schedule was six days a week.
"Do-Re-Mi" - which was rehearsed in the Fox Studios
beforehand - was shot all over the city, sometimes leaving by bypassers
wondering what all the loud music was coming from. One of the hard things
for Julie Andrews in this scene was that she was not capable of play the
guitar and singing at the same time. Once, when the producer got really
angry, Andrews took a glass of "firewater"-pure Austrian Schnapps
- and everything went well!
Julie Andrews felt slightly isolated as she had to take
care of her 18-month daughter in the evenings and could not go out as
often as she wanted.
Kym Karath has some frightening memories of the shooting.
During the canoe scene the children had to fall out of the boat. Karath
could not swim. Julie Andrews was supposed to catch her, but what went
well in the in the first take, went wrong in the second one: Julie went
off the wrong side of the boat and Alan Callow had to jump in to save
her little star.
One of the first scenes that could be shot on location
was the wedding scene at Mondsee. That was on April 23rd. Nearly all exterior
scenes could be shot on location, although the rain kept returning. There
were just a few that could not be shot on location and these were rebuilt
in teh studios: "Sixteen going to Seventeen" and "Something
Good". The interior of the gazebo was difficult to film as sunlight
come in from different angles. And, for the other effects like rain and
lighting it was less expensive to film in the studios.
The opening scene that became one of the most famous in the film history was filmed on a mountain about 10 kilometres into Bavaria. The scene was shot from a helicopter and had to be perfectly timed, so one of the crew members hid in the bushes with a megaphone and yelled "Go, Julie" when the jet helpicopter's strong downward drafts. After ten takes she got really angry! The filming up there was strenuous for the crew members. Apart from the weather playing tricks on them, there were no toilets for miles and sometimes it was just freezing.
When the filming was 25 days behind schedule, the studio
started to make pressure because the budget was exploding.
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