(This is the same campus where they shot the art museum scenes, seen earlier in the same episode. In fact, the gallery is just a few steps away from this spot.)
Two students from CSULB, Jason & Jennifer, were both kind enough to send me photos (and video!) of the campus filming location:
Jason shot the photos below, in October 2011.
Jennifer shot the photos below, in October 2011.
Jennifer shot this video:
And Jason shot this video:
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.
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.
I already knew, from Rick, that they had filmed at CSULB more than once this season. So I had my eye peeled for a college scene. But as
a UCLA alum, the only place I had been on the CSULB campus was their
Japanese Garden, so I knew I wouldn't recognize the campus locations on
sight. Either I was going to have to resort to aerial photos to
match what I saw, or else I needed someone who was familiar with the campus.
different CSULB students emailed me (separately) to let me know where
this scene had been filmed. Better yet, they both sent photos and even
a video! (Great minds think alike.)
I was first emailed by Jason Z,
in October, who told me they were filming there. But that was for
a scene to be shown later in the season. Knowing that the earlier
scene was coming up in this 5th episode, I asked him to keep an eye out
for it, and to let me know if he recognized the spot. He did, and
got back to me with photos, a map and that video.
Not long after, I got an email from Jennifer R, who also let me know it was filmed near the Fine Arts buildings, and also sent photos and a video.
My thanks to both Jason and Jen. (Great work, guys!)