Another day, another restaurant scene with Dustin Hoffman and Charles Grodin sitting across a table from each other. This one was shot on stage at Kaufman Astoria Studios and was set at night. Find it at the 00:40:42 mark…
The diagram begins with the shot that gets Hoffman into the restaurant and quickly transitions into the exchange at the table. Once again there’s something of a low-key, romantic feel to the lighting here, as is further indicated by the timing instructions affixed to the slate: “Evening: White-Orange.” This’s appropriate, as Grodin’s character is a CIA agent who’s trying to seduce Hoffman into becoming an asset.
In an economical stroke, the 25mm lens dollies back and pans Hoffman left-to-right as he enters and settles at the table across from Grodin.
For the close-ups (two sizes: 50mm & 85mm), the actors were cross-shot with two cameras simultaneously, as was the custom with most every set-up like this one – and there were many in this film. Each man is keyed by a 650W 9-light fay unit, also set at cross angles just outside the semi-sheer curtain. Those lights were pushed through Lee 216 diffusion and a sheet of Full CTO, which provided the warmth.
Be sure to take a close look at the diagram below – it contains a wealth of information. I don’t know… I must’ve had a lot of free time on set that day.