|Also known as||Shankaboot|
|Genre||Web series, drama, comedy|
|Created by||Bassem Breish, Ashraf Nasr, Leila Mroueh, Basima Takrori, Jamal Ghosn, Nadim Deaibes, Katia Saleh, Chris Carey & James Payne|
|Developed by||James Payne|
|Directed by||Amin Dora|
|Starring||Hassan Akil |
Nasry El Sayegh
|Country of origin||Lebanon|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||52|
|Executive producer||Chris Carey|
|Production location||Saseen Kawzally|
|Editors||Rana Sabbagha |
Simon El Habre
|Running time||Approx 5 minutes|
|Production company||Batoota Films|
|Original network||YouTube |
|Original release||March 13, 2010|
Shankabout follows Suleiman, a 15-year-old, delivery boy. Other characters include 19-year-old Ruwaida and the mysterious 20-something Chadi. The show presents Beirut life and the life in Lebanon in a realistic style. The show's creators cast actors with little to no prior acting experience for a naturalistic acting style.
Additional elements in Shankaboot
Between seasons, weekly episodes called “Inside Shankabout” were released. These short videos provided insight on the characters’ thoughts, desires, explanations to events and the comical endeavors that surrounded the production of the series.
In Autumn 2010, Shankabout released “Shankactive”, an online forum and showcase platform for creative talent in the Middle East. This platform enabled Shankaboot viewers to participate in creating their own stories through various media and visual means. In parallel with the launch of “Shankactive”, young Lebanese were trained in video production and storytelling through a series of workshops.
The production of the first season of Shankabout took place in Beirut in December, 2009, largely in the area of Burj-Hammoud, a densely populated town on the Eastern borders of Beirut. The second season of Shankaboot was filmed in Beirut and the Bekaa Valley. The third season was filmed again in Beirut during July 2010. The fourth and fifth seasons were released in 2011. Shankaboot was produced by Batoota Films in Association the BBC World Service Trust and The Welded Tandem Picture Company.
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- ""شنكبوت" أوصل الـ "ويب دراما" إلى بيروت" ["Shankaboot" Brings Web Drama to Beirut]. Al-Akhbar. Archived from the original on 2010-03-13.