There’s a curious inconsistency I’ve noticed in the way film industry address each other.
No one is ever called “Mr. Spielberg,” or “Ms. Ephron.” It’s “Steve” and “Nora.” Even if you’ve just met the person, you’re instantly on a first-name basis. This is particularly hard to get used to for a polite boy from the midwest who was always taught to address his elders and superiors as “Mister.”
However, on set, everyone calls each other “sir,” especially among the G&E, production, and camera crews. And I don’t mean just the peons calling the department heads “sir.” The 2nd AC hands the first a filter, the first will say, “Thank you, sir.”
I’ve actually had a director call me “sir,” when I brought him his coffee. His coffee!
The Mr/Mrs thing I kinda get. It makes you feel old, and no collection of people is more vain than Hollywood. But what’s with this “sir” being thrown about? It’s confusing.