Author Archives: Costa Botes

About Costa Botes

I'm a freelance film maker based in Wellington, New Zealand. I make mainly long form independent documentaries about characters I find interesting.

Web Store is Back

My online DVD store was broken for months due to technical issues behind my ability to fix. I had to take the step of shutting it down and rebuilding it from scratch. A royal pain. Some aspects of the layout and … Continue reading

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Web Store Broken

My web store at costabotes.co.nz is busted. Has been for months thanks to the site host changing software and not informing me. It’s thrown a giant spanner in the works. Anyone who has tried to purchase DVDs will have experienced … Continue reading

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A long ramble with Simon Sweetman

For anyone interested, here’s a longish interview I did with critic/blogger/man about town Simon Sweetman for his podcast series. Look down the page for the link. Podcasts can also be accessed and downloaded (free) from iTunes.  http://offthetracks.co.nz/sweetman-podcast-episode-38-costa-botes/

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YouTube and you

When I refer to “you”, I presume I am addressing fellow creators – that is folks working in creative industries like music and film, making creative goods that can be traded online in return for income. In other words, fellow professionals. … Continue reading

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Where Silicon Valley wants us …

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/24/the-new-feudalism-silicon-valley-overlords-advertising-necessary-evil?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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Unsound

Worth a moment of your time … http://unsoundthemovie.com/about/

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Another myth about online piracy exploded.

Does piracy act as promotion? Common sense (and real world experience) says NO. Magical unicorn economic theory (the kind they teach at Silicon Valley) says, “sure it does”. Can’t introduce this topic any better than the first couple of paragraphs … Continue reading

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