It's a Short Film, for luck's sake!
Miles is the luckiest man on Earth because of a cosmic clerical error. It’s as if he has a magic bubble that keeps bad things from ever happening to him. He’s bored with life and is a bit insufferable. One day, his bubble pops and he’s now got a lifetime of bad luck to make up for.
How did you come up with this idea?
Ever heard of the term 'Deus Ex Machina'? It translates as 'God From the Machine.' In storytelling, it's a construct that people use to get a character out of a bad situation. Think of the hero strapped to a chair. The bad guy is about to do horrible things to him, when all of a sudden his buddies crash through the window and save the day. The hero did nothing to save himself; he used no internal mechanism to come up with a solution. This is often seen as a copout and lazy writing. Well, one day I started thinking about what life would be like for someone who had this concept happening to them their whole lives. Would it be great? No. It would be horrible. There would be no spark, no life, no reward without risk.
What would happen if that person lost all of that? Now they've got to deal with life like everyone else and figure out how to solve their own problems.