Shankaboot

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Shankaboot
Shankaboot logo.jpg
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
Samira Kawas
Nasry El Sayegh
Latifa Saade
Juliana Yazbeck
Saseen Kawzally
Moudi Hamadi
Composer(s) Rayess Bek
Country of origin Lebanon
Original language(s) Arabic
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 52
Production
Executive producer(s) Chris Carey
Producer(s) Katia Saleh
Location(s) Saseen Kawzally
Cinematography Muriel Aboulrouss
Editor(s) Rana Sabbagha
Wajdi Elian
Simon El Habre
Running time Approx 5 minutes
Production company(s) Batoota Films
Release
Original network YouTube
Facebook
shankaboot.com
Original release March 13, 2010
External links
Website www.shankaboot.com

Shankaboot was an interactive web-based video series filmed in and around Beirut, Lebanon. It was the world's first Arabic web drama series.[1][2]

Series overview[edit]

Delivery Boy Suleiman on the Shankaboot

Shankaboot 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[edit]

Between seasons, weekly episodes called “Inside Shankaboot” 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, Shankaboot 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.

Production[edit]

The production of the first season of Shankaboot 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "«شنكبوت»: أول دراما على الإنترنت في العالم العربي" [Shankaboot: The First Internet Drama in the Arab World]. As-Safir (in Arabic). 2010-03-12. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  2. ^ "«شنكبوت» أوصل الـ «ويب دراما» إلى بيروت" ["Shankaboot" Brings Web Drama to Beirut]. Al-Akhbar. Archived from the original on 2010-03-13. 

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