Dexter's forest encounter with the White Buck Deer
A. In the real world, the scenes of Dexter running through the woods were filmed in the same forest that surrounds both Dexter's cabin and the Roaring Forks summer camp. Both spots are on the western banks of Lake Wampanoag, in Garner, Massachusetts.
You can read about both locations in detail by clicking the two links (above) to those pages.
I naturally assumed that the scenes of him
encountering the white buck were shot in the same place. But I was
surprised to find that those deer scenes were actually filmed 25 miles
away, to the southeast, in the city of Lancaster, Mass.
The location seems unlikely, behind some homes in of a residential area bordering on a forest.
But I got this bit of information from a local Worcester,Massachusetts newspaper, The Telegram & Gazette (founded in 1866), and they were very specific about the location, right down to the street address, which they gave as 535 Harvard Road, Lancaster, MA. So I have to assume that they know what they're talking about.
And Dexter was indeed filming extensively in
Lancaster. It's where they filmed the early scene of Dexter being pulled
over by a police car driven by Angela, as well as the Iron Lake
High School scenes, and Edward Olsen's home.
I thought at first that the change in location
might have been because they needed to bring an animal handler onto the
set because of the deer. But it turns out the deer wasn't real, and was
mostly a CGI creation. (The showrunner was quoted as saying that they
never saw a live dear on the set.) So I'm not sure why they didn't just
shoot the scene while they were near Camp Collier.
Perhaps it was just at a matter of
timing, and they happened to be in Lancaster when they needed to
film that particular scene, and opted for the nearest bit of woods.
but as you can see in the video below, the deer scene was mostly CGI:
The problem with scenes shot out in the woods Is that
they all look alike. Over the course of the season, they filmed
frequently in the woods, Including at Camp Collier, around Dexter's cabin, out In Lancaster where he dropped the glove, at the Tantiusques caves,
and at this Harvard Road address for the deer sightings scene. But they
all look basically the same on camera, and they could have shot this
confrontation scene at any one of those places, particularly since they
shot the season out of sequence.
The Harvard Ave. location appears to contain a
residential home, even though the scene did not show it, so
filming must have been limited to the woods behind the property..
that this is a private home, so don't trespass on their property,
Camp Collier and the white deer woods at:
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