This page provides the details into the layout and formatting used in The 100 episode transcripts.

Becoming a Transcriber

Jump In and Start Typing

The transcription format looks really glossy and nice, however, it can be difficult to implement on the fly. For initial transcription, all you need to do is write each character's name, followed by a colon, and what they say. For example:

Finn: Lincoln, you're hit.

Clarke: Hey, let me look at that.

Lincoln: I've fought battles with worse wounds than this.

Notes and Tips:

  • Be consistent – this will make reformatting the transcript a lot easier.
  • If you don't intend to do the markup immediately, leave a blank line between each speaker – this will allow the transcript to display properly.
  • Some video players allow adjusting the video speed. Depending on how fast you type, slower speeds might allow you to transcribe without needing to pause or rewind frequently.

Marking Up the Transcript

After the initial transcript is finished, the layout and formatting needs to be applied. The below sections explain the process in-depth.

Notes and Tips:

  • The person who did the initial transcription is not required to also do the reformatting. Multiple people can work to complete the transcription process.
  • Take a look at some past transcripts, e.g. "Wanheda (Part 1)" Transcript.

Transcript Layout

Below is the basic transcription layout. The "description" and the "speaker" lines can be changed depending on what happens in the episode, but this is the general gist of it.

Sp.Dialogue
Speaker Previously on The 100...
[description here]
Speaker [action/tone of speaker] dialogue [action/tone of speaker] dialogue
[description here]
Speaker dialogue
Cut to black.
Teaser
Speaker [action/tone of speaker] dialogue [action/tone of speaker] dialogue
[description here]
Speaker [action/tone of speaker] dialogue [action/tone of speaker] dialogue
[description here]
Speaker [action/tone of speaker] dialogue [action/tone of speaker] dialogue
Cut to opening credits.
Scene 1
Speaker [action/tone of speaker] dialogue [action/tone of speaker] dialogue
[description here]
Speaker [action/tone of speaker] dialogue [action/tone of speaker] dialogue
[description here]
Speaker dialogue
Cut to black.

Transcript Elements

Scene Headings

Scene Headings mark any change in setting on screen. Each transcript contains more than one scene and every scene begins with one. Usually indicated by "scene #number", followed by a dash, and short description of the location of the scene. For instance:

  • Teaser
  • Scene 1 - The Ark
  • Scene 2 - Arkadia

Code example:

{{Transcript|header| Teaser }}
{{Transcript|header| Scene 1 - The Ark }}
{{Transcript|header| Scene 2 - Arkadia }}

Dialogue

Dialogue rows present lines of speech for each character, whether he is heard speaking, or for off-screen and voice-overs. Use new Dialogue element whenever speakers change or if there is a long pause.

{{Transcript
|speak = Speaker
|time  = 
|text  = Dialogue
}}

Speak labels are used to identify the person who speaks.

  • Use the character's name, if known. Otherwise, use title or gender (Woman or Man) if you don't know anything else about the speaker.
  • If there is a large group talking, then refer to them as a whole body, such as "Delinquents."
{{Transcript
|speak = Speaker
|time  = 
|text  = [action/tone of speaker] dialogue [action/tone of speaker] dialogue
}}

How the character says something also indicates how a situation in a scene is playing out. The [actions/tone] element can provide extra information on how a character delivers his or her lines. These are included within brackets, written in present-tense, and should be employed sparingly only when the information is not obvious.

Such actions may be described in any of the following formats as appropriate:

  • [laughs]

Description

Descriptions is where you tell the reader what happens on the screen while none of the characters are speaking. These can be important for the context of what's being spoken. Descriptions are included within brackets and should be kept to a minimum.

{{Transcript
|speak = 
|time  = 
|text  = [description here]
}}

Examples:

  • [background conversations] - Use this tag if there are people talking, but they are too far away from the mic to understand their words.

Other Notes

  • Enclose the lyrics in ♪ (U+266A) marks. For example: ♪ song lyrics ♪
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