location: Travis's sister Lisa's School
A. An elementary school.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This scene was shot at Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School, at
The scene was filmed down at the south end
of the school, in an open area (perhaps a kindergarten) filled with the
kind of colorful umbrellas & playground equipment seen on the show.
It's very close to two other locations where they filmed scenes for this same episode: Leo's house, and the alley where Anderson "flamingoed" a junkie.And it's literally across the street from (east of) both Paramount Studios, and the Hollywood Forever cemetery (where they filmed the scenes of Rita's funeral, and of Dexter digging up Miguel's victim).
Here is an aerial
photo of the location. And here is a map
Q. 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.
This tip came from Rick,
and it was very welcome, indeed.
I have found that schools are
some of the most difficult locations to track down. Why?
Because there are hundreds & hundreds of them, a school in every neighborhood
across Southern California. And many of them look remarkably
similar. Trying to pinpoint one school out of so many, based on a
brief glimpse in a scene, can be next to impossible.
The only way
to improve my chances is to search first near areas where they had
filmed other scenes in same episode, but that still doesn't guarantee
success. Fortunately, Rick knew where it was. (Thanks, Rick!)
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