establishing shot of the real Orange County
was first seen on "The O.C." in Episode 20 of Season one: "The Telenova"
looking from the Balboa Peninsula out across the Newport harbor,
at the venerable Balboa Ferry as it crosses the bay to Balboa
is one of the few 'establishing shots' taken from ground level, rather
than from an aircraft.)
The Balboa Ferry, which has been running for almost a century, is a great
e-ticket ride - and the essence of Newport Beach. The trip lasts for only
a couple of minutes,
but affords a wonderful view of the blue waters of the Balboa Bay, filled
with pleasure craft,
sea gulls, pelicans and sometimes a seal or two. And the fare is less than
You can walk on board, or take your car with you. But if you choose the
get out of your car during the trip, stand up and enjoy the view.
Ferry landing can be found on Edgewater Avenue, on the north
side of the peninsula.
on Balboa Island, enjoy a stroll down its picturesque coast to Marine Avenue
island's commercial street), where you can buy 'Balboa Bars' and frozen
These "establishing shots" of Orange County are not locations
where The O.C. is actually filmed.
The O.C. is not really filmed in Orange County - it is filmed in
Los Angeles County. These "establishing shots"
are brief aerial snapshots of actual Orange County locations, which the
producers drop into the show to add color and
to help create the illusion that we are seeing the real Orange County.
I have included this list of their "establishing shots"
to supplement the main list of actual filming
locations. You can tell the difference by color: the actual filming
pages are gold, while the "establishing shot" pages are blue.
To see a list of the L.A.
locations where The O.C. is actually filmed,
click on the OC Filming Locations logo below.
By Episode - By Category -
By Geographical Location - Clickable Map
of All O.C. Locations - Establishing Shots
screenshots from the show and all related characters & elements are
trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
All other photos & text are copyright 2006 © Gary J. Wayne and
may not be used without written permission.
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