Two Cornell grad students create language for Marvel movie

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Two graduate students at Cornell University helped develop the alien language for a Marvel movie last summer.

While hundreds of miles apart, Ryan Hearn and Joseph Rhyne came up with an entire language for the “Captain Marvel” movie.

“Being able to do something and have it seen by hundreds of millions of people is something you never really imagine,” said Ryan Hearn.

The two weren’t given much time to develop the language and never saw each other face-to-face when doing it. Last summer Joseph was in Georgia, Ryan was on campus at Cornell.

They developed the entire “Torfan” language in four days.

“Once they finally gave us the details we only had four days to come up with the language because they were filming the scenes for it like the next week,” Joseph Rhyne said.

Both Rhyne and Hearn say “Torfan” is inspired from Turkish and Japanese languages, with a little alien flair.

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