establishing shot of the real Orange County was first seen on "The
in Episode 15
(of season two) - "The Mallpisode"
looking southwest, across the narrow channel that runs between the
north side of Balboa Island
and mainland Newport. In this photo, Balboa Island is to the left (south),
while the mainland is to the right (north).
a popular past time for tourists visiting Balboa Island to stroll the sidewalk
along the island's south coast,
leading from the Balboa Ferry landing
down to Marine Avenue, the only commercial street on the island
(and where you can buy those 'Balboa bars' mentioned on the show). Not
as many visitors ever bother
to check out the island's other (north) side - but this is what
we see here. A bridge to the mainland
spans this channel just to the east (but the Balboa Ferry is a much more
fun way to reach the island).
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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