I've seen several examples of Quentin Taratino doing this in motion pictures. I read he worked in a video store and watched hundreds of movies. The result of course was some pretty cool films. If Tarantino did steal other filmmaker's ideas, I argue he did find his own voice.
Need encouragement to find your own voice. Check this out by Shane Koyczan!
I'm starting to collect and catalogue video from the web. How? I'm using keepvid.com.