location: Hector Estrada's prison release
A different part of that same Curtin Maritime property - to the south of Pier C Street - was used to shoot two other scenes in this episode: the deserted boat house (where LaGuerta & Matthews find evidence against Doakes), and the kill room scene where LaGuerta almost traps Dexter. The later flashback of Doakes on a dock was shot just a few yards away.
And it's just across the channel from the Queen's Wharf restaurant, the parking lot where they filmed the Christmas tree scene, and the bar where Dexter first meets Estrada.
Here is a bing aerial
photo of the location.
And here is a map link.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
assumed from the start that the prison tower was probably a CGI insert, so I knew that
all I was looking for was a tall wall.
There weren't many clues,
just those three yellow concrete posts that Estrada runs past (as he
chases the bus), and what looked like a freeway overpass at the end of
Fortunately, I knew they
had filmed a lot around this part of Long Beach harbor for this
episode, so that's where I started looking, near their other locations.
From aerial photos, I
spotted tall walls around several local refineries in the area. I then used
Google StreetView to check out the each wall, street by street. When I got
to Pier C Street, Google StreetView wouldn't work there - except for the first
(east) block. But on that block was something that caught my eye:
a revolving turnstile gate, similar to the one Estrada walks through
when he leaves prison. (You can see it here.
So I took a closer look
at Pier C Street. Given the location of the Long Beach Freeway, I knew
that if this was the street, the camera had to be looking east up the
street. So I switched to Google's aerial photos, and rotated them
to look east.
The first thing I noticed was that the end/corner of the
wall slanted in diagonally, just like the wall in the scene.
Zooming in closer, I was able to spot those three yellow posts, and
then match a power box (and cable) on the wall with the scene.
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