The opening scene of The Sound of Music is probably one of the most thrilling moments of the film. Viewers get a stunning view of Salzburg as the orchestra plays, building up to the beginning of the song; "The hills are alive with the sound of music..." This opening scene was quite a struggle for Julie Andrews, though, as there was a lot of setup involved behind-the-scenes that made filming difficult for her. The book\u00a0The Sound of Music: The Making of America\u2019s Favorite Movie by Julia Antopol Hirsch delves into what went on behind the scenes, painting a picture for all of us of how Andrews dealt with all the chaos. Behind the scenes of the chaotic opening scene of 'The Sound of Music' THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Julie Andrews, 1965. TM & Copyright \u00a920th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved\/courtesy Everett Collection "\u201cMaria\u2019s Mountain\u201d was located outside Salzburg, about ten kilometers into Bavaria. The crew set up camp at an inn at the bottom of the mountain. Their plan was to transport the equipment, cast, and crew up the mountain by Jeep, but the constant rain had washed out the roads. So they were forced to resort to a more old-fashioned method of transportation\u2014the ox cart," Julia writes. RELATED: Why Julie Andrews And Christopher Plummer\u2019s Kiss Took Over A Dozen Takes To Film Director Robert Wise also chimes in, \u201cOne of my favorite memories of Julie is when she traveled up that hill in the ox cart with her fur coat wrapped around her against the cold.\u201d The process of getting Julie Andrews up on the hill to sing THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Julie Andrews, 1965. TM and Copyright \u00a9 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection. \u201cFilming on the mountain-tops was the hardest,\u201d Andrews herself adds.\u00a0\u201cWe were miles away from any toilets. So when we had to go, we\u2019d just say, \u2018I\u2019m going to the woods now.\u2019 Everyone understood what you meant.\u201d Julia continues, "To film what is one of the most famous openings in movie history, a helicopter swooped down just as Maria rushed up to her beloved mountain. The timing on that shot had to be perfect. So, to make sure Andrews came up the hill at the moment required, Marc Breaux hid in the bushes nearby. As the helicopter ascended, Breaux, using a megaphone, cued Andrews and she rushed up the hill and began singing." THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Julie Andrews, 1965.TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. \u201cThe helicopter was a jet helicopter,\u201d Andrews remembers. \u201cThe cameraman was strapped onto the side of the helicopter, hanging out so he could get the shot, and he came at me sideways. I\u2019d start from the end of the field, and I\u2019d hear Marc yelling \u2018Go!\u2019 from a bullhorn. The helicopter would come at me, clanking away, then it would go around me to get back to the beginning to repeat the scene. But when it circled around me, the downdraft from the jets was so strong that it would literally knock me over. I couldn\u2019t stay up. They had to do this shot about ten times, and finally I got so angry I yelled, \u2018That\u2019s enough!\u2019\u201d https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vBXR1_otx8do&t118s Here at DoYouRemember? we ensure our readers receive the best content and products. If you make a purchase through one of our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.