location: Museum of Art (Exterior)
The next day, police arrive on the scene and find the hand, and deduce that Gellar is dead, and Travis is now acting alone.
A. A convention center.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?A. The exterior scene was actually shot at the Long Beach Convention Center, at 300 East Ocean Blvd,
in Long Beach, CA.
To be more specific, there is a
long, glass-covered walkway/atrium in front of the Convention Center, running
north/south, along Pine Avenue.
This shot was of that walkway's south end, with the camera looking north.
The walkway is elevated, above Pine Ave, and can be reached by walking north across the pedestrian bridge which crosses Shoreline Drive. That bridge begins between Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor, passes the Hyatt Hotel, and ends at this Convention Center entrance.
(The interior was a studio set.)
As you'll note, there's no angel fountain on the right side...
Here is a somewhat wider view of the same entrance, which I shot, so you can see it in context:
It's not in Long Beach. It was clearly inserted into the scene.
The question is: Is it a real fountain? And if so, where can we find it in real life?
The answer appears to be twofold.
First, there is indeed a real fountain that looks like that. And it is located (in all places) in Bellevue, Iowa, in a city park, near the Mississippi River. That's a long way from either Miami or L.A.
Here's a photo of it (courtesy of Danny Higgens), next to a smaller shot of the angel fountain
seen on Dexter (which I flipped, horizontally, to make the comparison easier):
So my first guess was that they superimposed that fountain onto the Long Beach Convention Center via CGI.
But I was wrong.
Because in the 10th episode ("Talk
to the Hand"), guess what showed up again in front of the "Museum of
Art" (that is, the Convention Center)?
But this time, there was no question that it was an actual statue, a prop which the producers physically brought in for the scene and placed in front of the Convention Center.
(Why it seems to be a clone of the statue in Iowa is anyone's guess.)
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In previous seasons, I've
usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes,
using clues from the various scenes. By the 6th season, though,
I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an
eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know
in advance when something was about to film there.
I knew that they had filmed the
first Museum of Art scenes at Cal-State Long Beach, but this building
looked a little to fancy to be CSULB. So I contacted Jason (a
CSULB student who had sent me photos of the first museum scene) and
asked him if this building was on campus. He told me it wasn't.
Taking a closer look at it, I knew
it looked familiar. At first, I thought it might be part of the
Getty museum, but their buildings tend to be more cubic, with fewer
curving lines. Then I got worried that it might just be stock
footage, and if so, it could have been anywhere in the world.
Fortunately, just then, Rick emailed
to say that he had found it, at the Convention Center. Which was
great news, confirmed by Bing aerial photos. We knew that they had filmed another scene at the Center, which will be in the 11th episode. So I headed down
there and got the matching photos you see above. (Thanks, Rick!)
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