When a narcissistic coffee shop owner wins an award from ‘Barista World’ magazine, business picks up so he hires a new apprentice. With the new hire’s ultra low enthusiasm and the Barista’s bizarre sense of customer service, the coffee shop relies on his award to maintain a customer base until he eventually accosts them all.
The Soup Nazi meets The Cable Guy.
An egocentric Barista who lives, breathes, sweats and even snorts coffee, has just won an award from a coffee magazine.
After having a bad rep for customer service, his business suddenly booms from the attention generated by the award, which he hangs in his window, puts out on table, and keeps in the washrooms for everyone to see.
This award ramps up his narcissism and his condescension towards customers and even though one in four customers threaten to call the police or sue him for his behaviour, his coffee award still keeps people coming in at a rate that necessitates hiring a new employee.
When he tries to make this employee the next Barista Extraordinaire the new guy’s enthusiasm is not what the Barista thinks it should be. The apprentice quickly becomes his whipping boy whenever something goes wrong.
Never running out of customers to abuse, this is an ongoing series of awkward, borderline illegal interactions between the Barista and the soon to be accosted public.
McLean McLean incorporated the Big Lobotomy Productions in 2014. After compiling a large library of work, he decided it was time to produce his ideas and make them come alive on screen.
In April 2014, the company was officially founded and the start up soon produced its first work shortly after when McLean went down to Los Angeles to conduct interviews with people and characters on Hollywood Blvd.
A few months later, the first scripted comedy, ‘The Driving Instructor’ was shot and released. Shot on an Iphone, it was still successful.
The next release -‘The Critiquers’ - was shot on a much higher quality camera, and all productions since have been produced with exponentially better equipment thanks to the help of Vonn Lath coming on board with the company.
Investing in industry leading software has made The Big Lobotomy Productions able to compete with any company shooting films of any sort ranging from 3-10 minutes in length.
The Big Lobotomy Productions is now looking ahead and in late 2014 will be releasing its best and grandest production to date: The Barista Diaries Webisode Series. In 2015, the company will be looking at producing Season 2 of the series and will also begin to branch out into the world of drama.
HOW THE BARISTA CAME TO BE:
McLean frequented a coffee shop near his day job in the Kits neighborhood of Vancouver BC, where he met and became friendly with owner Vonn Lath. Upon releasing his first two videos, Vonn - who is a talented music producer and a creative mind - saw potential in McLean’s work.
He offered his store as a location for filming and suggested they create a show about a Barista. While talking about the logistics over a few weeks, the script was written and the two formed a partnership that subsequently co-manifested the webisode series.