The actual Southern California locations where Steven Spielberg's sci-fi series was filmed.
Episode 4: “Shelter”
0:02:18: Molly and her family are on the lam, running from the ISEA, after Molly discovered
We see Molly & John driving along a dockside road, past a long warehouse.
Molly tells John that she just wants to give herself a DNA test,
They shot this scene at the Los Angeles Harbor, in San Pedro.
Their car is headed south on Signal Street, nearing that street's southern end.
They turn left (east) and park at the northeast corner of Signal Street and
In the scene, the producers altered the street sign at that corner, changing
They stop right in front (just north) of the historic Warehouse #1,
( That warehouse should be familiar to Dexter fans - it's where the
Here is a photo I shot of that warehouse (and that street sign), looking southeast:
Here is Bing StreetSide view of the corner.
( At 3:41: there is another establishing shot of the Yasumoto Corp. )
(Click on the photo to read about that location.)
0:6:29: We see Molly, John and Ethan get off a boat on Vaspar Island, and walk up a
The foursome then walk together past a seaport village, while talking. Her father says that he
This scene was shot at Fisherman's Village, in L.A.'s Marina Del Rey.
Fisherman's Village is a seaside tourist attraction, filled with shopping & dining spots,
You'll find it at the far southwest end of Fiji Way.
In the scene where they are walking & talking, they are walking north
Here is a photo I shot of that Village walkway:
Here is a Google StreetView of the Village.
( At 8:04, there is another establishing shot of the ISEA headquarters. )
0:9:49 ( and later at 30:54): We see the island home of Molly's Dad, a large, rustic log cabin.
Molly, John and Ethan stay there while they are hiding out from the ISEA.
This scene was shot at a somewhat obscure spot, but one well known to movie-makers:
a nine-acre mini-movie ranch / filming location known as Kelly Gulch.
(It's also now known as Blackberry Creek Farm.)
That big log cabin you see was built by hand in the 1970's from a “Real Log Homes” kit.
It was discovered as a filming location by the producers of "Friday the 13th, Part IV",
who were looking for a log cabin. It has since been used for a filming number of TV
productions, including "Falcon Crest", "The Rockford Files" & "Parks & Recreation",
as well as the movies "Eraser" and "Murphy’s Law".
It's located at 1801 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, in Topanga, CA.
Topanga is situated amidst the Santa Monica Mountains, mid-way between
Malibu (on the south) and the San Fernando Valley (on the north).
[ Warning: Although the Kelly Gulch is available for rental as a movie location
and for weddings, it's also someone's private home, so don't violate their privacy. ]
For info on renting the property, go to kellygulch.com.
Here is what the cabin looks like in real life:
Here is a Google StreetView of the entrance.
He shows Ethan how to skip rocks across the water. The kid doesn't do well on his first try.
While there, they are approached by a sinister stranger, but nothing comes of it.
This scene was shot at Cabrillo Beach, in San Pedro, CA.
They actually jump between two different spots on that beach, during the scene.
At the start (above), when we see the two walking next to a long rocky breakwater,
But a second later, when they are seen near a pier (below), skipping stones, they
(In reality, you can't just walk down the beach between those two points - there's a
Here is a photo I shot of the south end of Cabrillo Beach:
0:23:56: Ethan dines with his grandfather at an outdoor cafe next to a tall,
A friend of Quinn's, a Mr. Griggs, stops by to tell him that there are some
This scene was shot at the same tourist attraction where they earlier filmed the boat arrival:
Fisherman's Village, in Marina Del Rey.
The lighthouse is a decorative landmark at the center of the Village. It houses
a fast food restaurant in its base. The dining scene seems to have been filmed
on the dining patio just a few feet north of the lighthouse. If so, that is
the patio of Sapori Italian Restaurant, at 13723 Fiji Way.
( This is the same village that houses Whiskey Red's restaurant, at the south end of the village,
where they filmed the episode 2 scene of John waiting alone for Molly at Andre's restaurant. )
Here is a photo I shot of the lighthouse and Fisherman's Village:
Here's a Google StreetView of the lighthouse.
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