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.
Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a
few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode aired, I
already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only
needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct
This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Ellen, Susan, Jason, Elaine, Joel, Julie, Geoff, Jeff, and others. My thanks to all of them.
Knowing that the Dexter producers have a
tendency to cluster-shoot, I figured a parking lot was generic enough
that they almost certainly would have just shot it near some other
location. So, after watching the episode, I guessed that it would be near one of three locations: the barber shop, the studio, or near Brother Sam's.
I checked the area near the barber shop first, looking for the building that can be see across the street in the background (and for those big trees).
When I didn't find it there, I moved on the Signal Hill, and used Google StreetView to "drive" down Burnett Street. And sure enough, there was that building from the background, on the south side of Burnett (it turned out to be 1390 E. Burnett).
I then positioned
StreetView to where the view of that building matched the view on the
show, then rotated StreetView to the other side of the street - and
there was the "parking lot" and wall I was looking for. A quick
comparison confirmed they were one and the same.
I then went to the spot in person and shot the matching photos you see above.