It is one thing to want to tell a story through film. It is another animal all together to formalize how you will give this vision life. The process moves more smoothly if you can clearly identify the goals of your film and subsequently revolve the story writing , filming, and editing around these. Doing so allows you to then choose the style of film and methods that you will use to convey your message. Careful dissection of the successful methods leveraged by other filmmakers gives you some groundwork for you to employ similar tactics.