establishing shot of the real Orange County
was first seen on "The O.C." in Episode 5 of Season two: "The SnO.C."
We are looking
southwest down on the west end of Balboa Island (on the middle right
side of this photo)
the east end of the Balboa Peninsula (in upper part of the photo),
and the breakwater/channel
leading out of Newport Harbor and out to sea (in the upper left corner).
The homes in the foreground
are on the mainland of Newport Beach, just northeast of Balboa 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.