Journey to the Meadow: How They Filmed the Opening Scene of 'The Sound of Music'

The crew only had 20 minutes when the sun came out to get the shot.

Andrews said it was raining and windy when they filmed that scene over the course of a week in 1964. On the final day of shooting, the sun came out for 20 minutes to get Julie’s iconic shot. The birch trees were brought in just for the movie and were taken right out after filming ended.

And the brook, which was actually plastic filled with water, was also brought in by the movie studio. They left it as a gift to the farmers, who later had it removed.

Andrews also had to battle a helicopter that kept blowing up a tornado of wind on the hill. Her hair and clothes had to be refreshed after each of the nine takes it took to get the scene completed.

“This giant helicopter came at me sideways with a very brave cameraman hanging out the side of … where the door would be normally … the helicopter would shoot me, and I'd come from one end of the field and he'd come from the other,” Andrews recalled. “I'd make the big turn, and then he'd go around me to go back and start again, and I'd run to the other end. But every time he went around me, the downdraft from the jets would fling me down into the grass.”

Watch the video above to see how Sawyer used small, silent drones to get the same shot.

"The Sound of Music" full photo credit: THE SOUND OF MUSIC © 1965 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Argyle Enterprises. Renewed © 1993 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Argyle Enterprises. © 1998 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Robert E. Wise. All Rights Reserved.