Last evening a friend of mine sent me a link to a video on Youtube: A fan of Battlestar Galactica (the newer) manufactured a technically impressive visual effects sequence brought on by his love of that series-of-space-battles. I was going to say that he was "inspired by" BSG, but I caught myself; this fan did not make a "homage"... he made an "is". What's the point?
I emailed back to my buddy: "Very impressive. But what [is he] adding? It looks just like the show (to me). There is no personality; looks like a robot did it... the piece could get him a job, for sure. But again, why not 'blow their minds' and do something original?... even if it's outright inspired by that series."
Or, as a book I recently read on indie filmmaking stated in regards to getting you noticed by important people: 'Do something original. That still counts for a lot, believe it or not.'
I'm still impressed by the quality of the work, and I don't intend to link to this video for the sake of throwing darts -- more as a review. I'm just somewhat bemused. My other thought is: If it gives you pleasure, go for it.
Battlestar Galactica: The Battle at Helios Delta 6 -- "Brought to you byy...."