Writer/director Sean Meehan gives us a charming look at a budding office romance in his colorful comedy short Over Coffee, an ASI (A Studio In) Production.
It tells the story of easygoing office associate Andrew (Erik Potempka) who works for hard-ass real estate mogul Hamilton Rice (Timothy J. Cox) of Rice Realty, Inc. Hamilton Rice is the kind of boss who takes pleasure in making his staff sweat and he does so with glee on a daily basis, but Andrew isn't concerned with Rice, as his whole reason for showing up to work is to see Rice's hardworking secretary Carla (Jocelyn DeBoer). Andrew has had a crush on Carla for some time, but Carla has been too busy to notice.
If you've ever worked for a boss like Hamilton Rice, and I have, you'll agree that from time to time... or in most cases, on a daily basis... you tend to get a little flustered dealing with their rather anal retentive quirks. And boy, does Carla get flustered. Can you blame her though? Every day, Carla deals with things like figuring out which Post-It note goes with what ("business meetings on blue Post-Its, personal messages on yellow Post-Its, and business messages on orange Post-Its").
I found this especially funny since I once worked for someone who actually did that very thing, in addition to making me fax and email phone messages (which were never checked), as well as leave a voice mail on a home phone number and a cell number (which I'm sure were also never checked) also with the phone messages. Then the boss would come in every day and say the same thing I heard for over a year: "I never got my phone messages." It makes me laugh thinking about it. God, I hated that job though!
Anyway... so Carla has been too busy dealing with Rice's so-called organizational antics to notice Andrew's advances. But Andrew is not one to give up, waiting for the right opportunity to make his move and impress Carla. Andrew's only ally in the office is the skirt-chasing David (Michael Oberholtzer) who himself is too busy "sexting" his latest conquest to notice anyone else's problems.
In the midst of organizing Rice's many Post-It notes, she forgets to pick up his precious cup of coffee, a daily ritual, this very specific order (I'm with Denis Leary — whatever happened to coffee-flavored coffee?). Rice is on the way to the office and wants his coffee upon arrival. What to do? Enter Andrew. Here's that opportunity and he jumps at it. He wants to make an impression on Carla and off he goes to pick up Rice's precious coffee.