When it comes to Austrian cities which house the most musical masterpieces, there is no contest. Salzburg and Vienna are not only home to Austria’s most popular as well as most respected classical and pop opera as well as jazz and marching band. But they also have lots of sound of music filmed locations from which to choose for your film or production. Sound of Music, produced by Disney and B.J. Moseley has used several such locations for their movies.
In this article, we will cover a few locations which were used to great effect in the movie. These include; a wedding, an army following a battle, the funeral of a lover, a band playing before a crowd, and a wedding party having their first dance together. I hope you will find these sound of music filmed locations interesting and worthy of featuring in your next film, whatever that may be.
We begin our journey in the Vienna region where the hit opera, Sound of Music was filmed (though of course, it did not actually make it to Vienna). The opera set was based in the dome district of the capital city, but was also surrounded by palaces, churches and gardens. In fact, the entire complex was designed to look like a beautiful composition of buildings which spanned a very large area.
As is the case with most sound of music movies set in this period, most of the shots were done on sound stage which was set in a garden or on top of a hill. In fact, this sound of music set was so impressive that after the filming was completed, people started parking on the street and then walking around beneath the sound stage. It was like a real classical composition. This sound of music was used in the film as background noise for the romantic dance sequence between Joanna and Dietrich (Irene), which was one of the most memorable moments in the movie. And it was the perfect background sound for the shot where Joanna and Dietrich are running toward each other across a bridge.
Another highly impressive sound of music was used in the movie when Miek sat on top of the piano and performed his greatest best – something that was only possible because of the construction of the sound stage. In fact, the construction of the sound stage was so soundproof that many people thought the movie was filmed on soundstage. The piano shot was made using only the front portion of the sound stage as the ceiling was not visible. As you can see, there is no doubt that the sound of music was extremely important to the success of the movie.
However, as great a sound as the sound of music was and is, the movie could have been made even better by cutting out the music when the characters in the shots did not need it. In fact, the producers of the movie actually made a cut in one scene when Joanna and Dietrich are running to the bedroom from the garden and they are singing in French. It is this kind of mistake that ruins some of the most beautiful sound of music scenes in movies – scenes where the music is unnecessary.
This is also the reason why many sound of music videos are lost. The sound of music needs to be included if you want the audience to remember the scene. But the problem is that most music videos include too much sound. When this sound is too loud, it tends to interfere with the shot of the actors. In a scene like this, instead of adding more sound, the director may choose to just cut the music out completely.
But cutting out sound is only one problem with sound of music. There is another problem which is even bigger. This is the sound of music at the wrong time. For instance, you are watching a shot of two kids playing in the street. If you pause the scene while the kid is skating, you will hear the tires hitting the pavement. This sound of music problem can ruin any shot because it disrupts the balance between the director and the actors.