Dexter Filming Locations: Road Rage Incident

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The location: Road Rage Incident

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A public street.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 1, of Season 8, "A Beautiful Day".

    Dexter is driving home (with Harry) from an unpleasant encounter with Debra at a mercado, where she told him she hated him. He is upset and angry.

    Just then, another driver changes lanes and pulls in front of him.

    Dexter loses control, flies into a rage, passes the car, forces it to the side of the road, then gets out and accosts the driver.

    Just as it looks like Dexter is about to strangle the man, he sees the man's frightened young son in the back seat - and stops.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A public street.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This was shot in Sun Valley, CA, not far from the Pink Motel used as Briggs' hideout.

    Sun Valley is a mostly industrial town located on the northeast side of the San Fernando Valley.

    When we first see Dexter & Harry on the road, we see them pass a building with the initials ELS on the front:

    In real life, they are heading southwest on Sheldon Street, in Sun Valley., just south of the Hansen Dam.
    "ELS" is Entertainment Lighting Services, at
    11440 Sheldon Street.

    Here is a matching Google StreetView:

    Sheldon Street becomes Wentworth Street as it heads east here, and the rest of the scene plays out nearby.

    The shot where the pick-up truck first pulls in front of Dexter:

    was filmed heading southwest on Wentworth, near 11363 Wentworth Street.

    Here's a matching StreetView:

    Then there's a telephoto shot as they head into a curve, and Dexter's car roars back ahead of the pick-up.

    That was also shot on Wentworth Street (around 11336), but with the camera looking north/northeast.

    Here's a matching StreetView:


    The scene where Dexter gets out and accosts the man was shot on the west/northwest side of Wentworth Street, at approximately 11390 Wentworth, just northeast of Sheldon Street (and that ELS building we saw before).

    Here's a matching StreetView:

Here is an aerial photo of the general location.  And here is a map link.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the now, though, I've developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and let me know in advance when something is about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the new first episode airs, I already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Suzi, Elaine, Mia, Julie, Kerry, Joel, Eric, Jeff, & others. My thanks to all of them.

    Rick gave me this one, and I'm lucky he did.

    "Dexter" normally shoots 90% of its scenes in Long Beach, Hollywood, San Pedro and Marina del Rey.  But every season they always seem to shoot at least one scene in a more distant, unexpected area.  This time it was Sun Valley.  And with a road scene like this, I could have spent days searching in the wrong areas looking for this road. Instead, all I had to do was use StreetView to pinpoint the exact spots on this small stretch of road.  (Thanks, Rick!)

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