Call it an idea, story, concept. How you name it isn’t that relevant after all. The important thing is that you got it clear. To get there, there’s a few things you might want to know.
To start over, you will probably need inspiration such as Books or Films. I’d advice you get LOTS of them. Not that you shouldn’t trust your imagination, but good reference is bless.
The kind of stuff that got me started to some degree were books. I’m not a good reader, so half of the time I go with Audio books. The good part about them is that you can read them while you are doing other stuff, in my case, when I go riding my bike every day for a couple hours. So, at that ratio, I read about a book a week, which is a pretty good thing for a non reader.
If you want to learn how to make a film and you are clueless, its safe to say that you are most probably an amateur. Want to become a Pro? Here are some of my favorites, and what each one of them did for me. (click on image for link)
Linchpin: Told me why my emotional labor is unique and imperative, instead of aiming for perfection.
The War of Art: Thought me the difference between an amateur and a professional.
Steve Jobs: One of the most powerful Motivation and Ambition boosters I’ve digested so far.
If you had to pick one, go for Linchpin.
OK. By now, you are half way there. I don’t mean to be an asshole, but there’s something you MUST understand. There is NO WAY in this world you are going to make a film if you don’t have the Pro mindset. Forget about it. Lucky for us we are in a google era where, if you want to get or become something, you can learn it.
Top 250. You probably have been there before. Whether or not you have, I’d advice you to spin your wheels there over and over again, since it will be the most stimulating zone you will get for inspiration. After a while, that won’t be enough. Watching all that material will help you a lot on training your eye. I love that part actually, because you never get bored.
Inspiration is going to be crucial. You might want to come there as many times as you need while you are producing your film. It is going to answer you a lot of questions as you go by.