Wednesday, December 31, 2008

In the Media: Disaboom Covers "Continue"

Bob Wassom has written a great article about our little project for Disaboom is one of the premiere websites among the disabled community. AB's (Able Bodies) can go there too! Check out the article HERE! Thanks Bob! Thanks Disaboom!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Holiday Production

I've spent the majority of these past few weeks jumping between social engagements and video editing. 'Tis the season for post production it would seem. But cutting continues, with or without the wassail. As of right now (now being the writing of this post) we have approximately one month left before our extended deadline with the PVA. I'm a little nervous because there's still quite a bit to edit. Including graphics, audio and color correction. It's entirely possible that a version will be given to our Washington granters that contains a final visual edit, music and temporary graphics. I'm not sure that I alone will have time to complete color correction in time.

The editing has been tough given the fact that we are still selecting the songs and securing the music rights. Jeff has taken on this task, while I continue to cut and snip. The holidays have also hampered editing.

The immediate goal is to get the music, assemble the entire production and hand over a cut to our graphics and sound guys. Clarence! If you're up there, I hope you can put in a good word with out resident Zeitgeist and help us get this baby finished on time. I'm confident we'll get it done. I just wish there were more hours in the day to cut.

We also have one more shoot. GASP! Adaptive video game play. We've got a sip and puff controller that works really well (pictured above). This amazing, custom made device allows quadriplegics to play games without the use of their hands. It's great. We also have our talent lined up for the gaming shoot. This will be the final shoot of our production.

More to come as we ease on down, ease on down the Yellow Brick Road.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Cutting continue(s)...

Last week, Jeff and I sent a 4-minute trailer to the Paralyzed Veterans of America. This is the first time our source of funding has seen any footage from the project. In retrospect, we probably should have sent them some clips sooner. The trailer turned out really well and the response back was overwhelmingly positive. So now we continue assembling "Continue" for its January 30th deadline.

I'm hoping to have the entire 22-minute cut assembled by the first week in January. This will involve taking some time off from my "real" job so that I can get into the zone. I wonder if editing is like professional cycling. I've been doing a lot of it and it certainly feels like a marathon. Maybe my heart size will increase as a result of all the time and labor, just like Lance Armstrong. Oh well, if not literally, certainly figuratively. Watching my peers engage in the activities that they love has certainly filled my heart with an overwhelming sense of emotion. Or maybe that's just a side effect of editing until 3:00 AM. It's so nice to know that life goes on despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. I hope this project can demonstrate that to those who have just experienced a spinal cord injury.

More to come...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Alright, time to update this bad boy. Or Girl. First, the PVA (Paralyzed Veterans of America) gave us an extension on our project. The new deadline is January 30th, 2009. Now, before you roll your eyes and begin to ask whether this journey will ever end, be assured that this date is firm. Jeff (my producer/DP) and I are making arrangements to fly back east and personally screen the film for the PVA. I'm happy about the extension because it gives me the time I need to edit a great project. I hope.

So far, the editing has been an intensely lonely and time consuming process. That's not to say that I haven't enjoyed the hours spent selecting, slicing and shifting. It's just that a lot of work goes into editing any project. This one especially because there's no script. Jeff and I have a general vision for the project, but the actual shape of the film is being created in the editing room (a.k.a. Grandpa's Pad). My process is fairly simple (For those who'd like to skip this little insight, please scroll down to the paragraph that begins with the letter "I"). First, I import and log all of my clips. Logging is a critical and often overlooked process. I basically include the following info: Shot description, shot type (JIB, HANDHELD, LOCKED), shot framing (LS - Long Shot, MS - Medium Shot, etc.), and whether or not the shot is good. More often than not, it is. Second, I place all of the clips in a folder or "Bin". This helps me keep everything organized so that I can quickly access what I need. Finally, I start selecting shots and placing them on my editing workstation. Up until now, I've been editing by sport rather than assembling all of the activities into one sequence. Once I've edited a rough cut of a particular sport, I can then begin to whittle down the footage and keep only the best shots.

Last week I began assembling an opening montage sequence. A sampling of all the activities. For the first time, I began to see the project come together. Jeff and I decided to edit a two to 2.5 minute montage for the beginning of the project because we need something that will interest the viewer (hopefully) immediately. A thesis statement so-to-speak. As part of the montage, I've also added an additional two minutes for our PVA trailer. I finished a rough trailer on Monday at 12:30 AM. On Tuesday, Jeff came over to see what I've done so far.

I am happy to report that the screening was a major success. By the way, this is where you can begin reading again... if you'd like. I'll admit that seeing all of the sports intertwined gave me goosebumps. The project is emerging from the hours and hours of raw footage and that's really exciting to me. I'm also starting to get in the zone. The place where good editing begins to flow quickly and naturally.

So, that's where the project stands (sits) as of right now. I"m adding some finishing touches to the trailer, before sending it off to D.C. Over the next two months, Jeff and I will be meeting several times a week to review edits, graphics and sound. Two months isn't much time, so I'll be spending a lot of time (once again) isolated in full editing mode. Something cool is happening right now and I really want to ride this wave as far as it will go.

I'll keep everyone updated on the project status. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving. I'm truly fortunate to be able to work on this project. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I'm so thankful for that.

Until next time...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Climbing to the Finish

So, I don't really have any photos of our climbing shoot. Nor were any photos taken by anyone else. These two photos (and the HD footage) are the only documentation of the event. And what an event it was.

The climbing shoot was by far the most difficult shoot to date. Why? Well, first, there aren't that many individuals with spinal cord injuries pursuing rock climbing as their sport of choice. Or even their leisure activity of choice. It just isn't very common among the SCI community. It is however, very do-able. And I'm surprised that more folks with paralysis haven't caught the bug. Even I haven't dipped my numb toe into the climbing waters, and I of all people should, given the fact that I used to rock climb.

Needless to say, the search was difficult. Luckily, we found a climber from Colorado. His name is Vijay and he was more than willing to help us with our production.

We hired a climbing guide from Exum Utah Mountain Adventures, a fantastic company that helped us set up Vijay's ropes. If you ever need to rock climb, ice climb or canyoneer, mountaineer or do any backcountry recreation, Exum's the place to go.

I met with Vijay and Adam George, our guide, to discuss the shoot and pick the climb. There were several factors involved, including light, pitch, etc. We decided that the Dogwood climb would be the best for the shoot. It's a great spot with somewhat descent access. Vijay needed some assistance getting to the base of the climb, but other than that, Dogwood worked well.

I wish I could have stayed for the shoot, but I had to return to my "real" job. That was a bummer. Around 4:00, I returned to the shoot, just as everyone was returning to their vehicles. Jeff was happy with the footage and showed me a few clips. It looked fantastic. By the end of the day, the light on the rock face was perfect.

I hope our video spurs more interest in the sport of adaptive climbing. Utah's an ideal place for climbing, and it's strange that more individuals with disabilities aren't hitting the rock.

Up next... one more shoot and Post.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Production: Up-To-Date!

Alright, I've decided to play ketchup (catchup) and update everyone on the project. I posted waterskiing yesterday and realized that I've been slacking in my blogging duties. Forgive me. But before I delve into the production, here are some pretty pictures to look at.

Fishing: I know what you're going to say. "Fishing? Really? What, was butterfly catching already taken?" Look, fishing is a great activity that anyone can do. Particularly those who can sit for long periods of time. See my point? It's also a perfect way to get outdoors.

We'd already shot fishing. Unfortunately due to unwanted thunderclouds, we had to re-shoot the entire sequence. Kelly was a real trooper. He was patient the first time and even more patient the second. We met at Silver Lake, early in the morning. That's the best time to shoot at Silver Lake because of the way the light hits the trees and surrounding mountains.

We cruised through the shoot and were happy with the way things turned out.

I wasn't able to be a part of the next two shoots: sailing and kayaking. This had to do with my work schedule and the fact that I've used up all of my vacation time. I really wish I could have been a part of those shoots. Unfortunately, I'm working on this project outside of my "real" job. Which means any weekday shoots require the use of personal vacation time.

Jeff shot both and managed to get what he needed. Weather permitted him from getting ample kayaking footage. Weather has hampered our production at the most inopportune moments. We're now in crunch time, so of course... the weather gets worse more often than not.

Today, however, the weather was perfect!

Today, we shot archery. We were supposed to shoot archery and climbing. We hit a slight snag with climbing, but archery was an near perfect shoot. Robert Ackerman, our archer, did a fantastic job. Robert shot his bow and crossbow. We used a fake deer target, which kept looking at me the entire shoot. Very creepy.

Our location: The Spruces Campground. The campground is closed for the season, which was perfect because it gave us privacy and allowed us to shoot weapons without fear of killing anyone. Actually, we took safety precautions and made sure we were shooting towards a visible hillside. Robert is also an excellent shot. With the bow. Yeah, crossbow too. But mostly the bow.

The shoot was a lot of fun. We captured beautiful fall colors and some great steadicam shots. During the shoot, I made plans to reschedule our climbing shoot for this Thursday. I'll explain the climbing shoot in greater detail, once it's complete.

Until then... that's the production so far. I'm still editing and doing everything I can to stay sane. I'm gaining wait and getting cabin fever, but I'm optimistic about the production. As of today, we now have two more sports to shoot. Two! We've already captured 26 different activities, which is absolutely astounding.

Okay, you're up-to-date. Next... climbing.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Smokin' On The Water

Sorry about the delay in posting. Things have been incredibly busy production-wise. To start, Jeff (my producer/DP) and I have been trying to film as much as possible before the snow flies. Which it already has. I've also been spending all of my free time in front of two computer monitors, trying to cut raw versions of 19 different activities. Okay, let's get to the meat of this bad boy: Waterskiing.

Deciding to shoot waterskiing at Lake Powell was an easy decision. The place is amazing. Logistically, the shoot was a little tricky. We had to rent a jet ski and boat, which aren't cheap expenses. We also had to coordinate with talent. Our first choice for waterskier was Bill Bowness, a world class competition skier. He's a T-12 Para and a legend on the adaptive waterskiing circuit. He and his wife agreed to help us with our shoot, which was great. Bill and Denise were planning a trip to Moab, so we decided to time the shoot to coincide with their previously scheduled road trip. It ended up working out really well, which was fortunate considering how temperamental weather can be.

Looking back, we really lucked out on the weather conditions. Most of our local shoots have been canceled due to rain or clouds. So, driving down to Lake Powell was most definitely a gamble. What if it rained? What if was overcast the entire time? I'm sure we would have still shot our sports, but the footage wouldn't have looked that great.

We spent the night in a wheelchair accessible trailer. Yeah, doesn't get more pimp than that. After getting everything ready, we headed down to the marina and launched the boat and jetski. For the first day of the shoot, the weather was perfect. Blue skies, no wind. We decided to shoot jet skiing first. This was a last-minute decision, as we'd had some difficulty coordinating schedules with our previously cast jet skier. Bill and Denise did a great job on the wave runners and we managed to get the shots we needed.

Following jet skiing, we decided to wait for the best light before filming the waterskiing sequences. This was a gamble. Shoot while the weathers good or wait until the best light and risk a change in the weather. We could already see some threatening clouds brewing on the horizon. This was around 2 in the afternoon. Still, we decided to wait until about 5 PM. Getting beautiful light is key for any external production. Shooting at High Noon is never a good idea because of the way the sun hits the face. Evening light also enhances the red rocks.

We dropped Jeff off on a small sandstone island while Bill was preparing his skiing gear. For the next hour and a half we shot some amazing footage. We were able to get what we needed before the clouds passed over the sun, ruining our magic hour lighting. Jeff and I were happy with the day's shoot, but we also felt like we needed additional shots. Bill and Denise were gracious enough to extend the shoot an additional day.

The next morning, we were on the water by 7 AM. We had the lake to ourselves and the water conditions were just perfect. I drove the jet ski and Jeff filmed from the back. Then Jeff shot from the boat and water. We managed to get some great shots of Bill on his trick ski. At one point, as Jeff filmed from the water, Bill headed straight for the camera and I thought he was going to plow into Jeff. He didn't. Jeff and I both laughed. Bill was in total control. That comes from countless hours of skiing slalom courses.

We wrapped around 9 AM, just as the good light began to dissappear. Overall, it was one of the most beautiful shoots so far. There's nothing better than racing across glass water at 7 AM. It's so freeing.

Bill and Denise left and Jeff, Al (Jeff's Dad) and I took the boat out to play around on the lake.

We headed home around 3:30.

On a personal note, it was a real joy working with Bill and Denise. Bill's an amazing skier and I can't wait for everyone to see his footage. Thinking back on the shoot, I really felt like we got everything we wanted. The light was perfect, the talent was everything we could have hoped for, and more. It was an ideal production. Sometimes the stuff you shoot never turns out the way you imagine in pre-production. In this case... it did.

Next Up... Fishing, etc.

Friday, September 05, 2008


I am excited to finally announce the official title of our adaptive sports video, "Continue". I'm also pleased to announce the official launch of the film's website:

Once the film nears completion, additional content will be added to the website. Our goal is to eventually offer a free download of the film in various formats, including Hi-Definition.

Coming up with a title for our project was surprisingly difficult. Even more difficult than Jeff (my producer) and I could have imagined. When we first submitted the grant to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, we called our production "Take 2". Yeah... not the greatest title right?

For this project's title, we wanted something simple, subtle and thought provoking. After spending months and months of going through every conceivable title under the sun, we (Jeff and I) finally arrived at "Continue". I truly feel that this title encapsulates the point of our project, which is: life can go on. And furthermore, be an amazing experience. My mom also like it, so... there you go.

Both Jeff and I refused to go with the cliché titles like: "Overcoming Obstacles", "Inspirational Heroes" or "Ability Wow!" If you've ever spent time among the disabled community and/or read and seen any disabled related media, you'll know that these "gimp-obvious" titles saturate the market. They're used way too much and I understand why. For some reason, stories, websites and organizations have to have some type of disabled indicator in their title or else the public-at-large won't pick up on the disability angle. I think that we're now to the point, as filmmakers, broadcasters, journalists, and organizations, that we need to start treating disabled subject matter with the same style and integrity that we treat anything able-bodied. It's time to avoid using the classic fall back of inspirational lingo. The "gosh aren't they so heroic" treatment. What it does is tell people how to feel, and I think that's insulting to the public's intelligence and to the entire disabled community.

We want people to see what's out there and do in the style of any great sports documentary. If people feel inspired, great. If they don't, that's fine. But we absolutely don't want force inspiration or any other feeling onto our viewers. We still want the film to make an impact, but we want it to be genuine. We want people to look at the footage and go "Yeah, I haven't seen that before."

We believe this film will be groundbreaking. We hope you will to.

"Continue" is being made, first and foremost, for the individual who has just sustained a spinal cord injury. I know, from personal experience, what it's like to lay in the hospital bed and wonder: "What happens now? Clearly I'm alive, but what can I do with this new body?"

This film aims to present 28 activities that are available to individuals with spinal cord injuries or disease. It's a sampling of the most popular and available activities for people with varying levels of paralysis. Although the film won't cover each sport in great detail, it will (hopefully) show, using brief scenes, that life can continue. It will also give newly-injured individuals some visual examples of what's available, once they leave the hospital.

So why did we wait so long to unveil the project's title? Well, we had to get some graphics finished so that you, the audience, could see the title the way WE want you to see it. Also, New Mobility Magazine's latest issue features a story on Erik Kondo, on of our film's many talents. In the article, "Continue" is mentioned. Erik and his sparring partner Bob gave an amazing performance for our project and it's exciting to see them featured, with a photo from our production, in this national Spinal
cord Injury (SCI) publication. If you get a chance, find a copy and read the article. It's great stuff.

So there it is. "Continue". I'm excited because I no longer have to refer to our project as "Adaptive Sports Video".

Up next: Waterskiing with Bill Bowness!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Swimming: Boop boop dittum dattum wattum, choo!

Finally! After two failed attempts at shooting the swimming sequence, we finally made it to the pool. This particular shoot had been a long time in the making. To begin, it was extremely difficult finding talent that was interested in being our swimmer. Our production manager finally tracked down Dave Tims, a para who has competed in several veterans games. Yes, that's right... he is a veteran. Why is that important? Well, we desperately wanted to find paralyzed vets for our video since the production is being funded by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Easier said than done. I'm not sure why the search was so difficult. Needless to say, we approached every hospital and program and followed up on every lead we could.

Once Dave was on board, we had to find an outdoor pool that looked good. Hmmm. An attractive pool you say? There are several in the valley, but the only one that would work with our production was Cottonwood Heights Rec Center. And as far as attractive swimming locations are concerned, theirs is the Heidi Klum of lap pools. Or Brad Pitt if you're, you know, into guys.

Our first attempt at shooting came on August 17th. We arrived at 6:30 AM, unloaded the gear, met Dave and his training buddy and waited for our lifeguard to arrive. He did. One hour late. By then we'd lost too much time and had to call off the shoot. Dave wasn't thrilled and either was the crew.

Our second attempt came last Sunday. I should note that Sunday mornings were the best time to shoot because of the privacy. The pool didn't open to the public until noon. So we had 7 to Noon to get everything shot. On this day, however, there were severe thunderstorms and light rain in the morning. Once again, Dave and the crew arrived. The crew consisting of Jeff and I. Lyse, the aquatics manager, met us and personally opened the pool. She's been great to work with. Unfortunately, we had to call off the shoot due to crap weather. Strike two!

Third times the charm! Perfect weather, 181.1-degree water, and absolutely no public to deal with. Andrew was our lifeguard and he helped us prepare by taking down the car dealership flags. We just didn't need them messing up our shots.

Shortly after 10 AM, we started shooting. Morning lighting is always ideal and baby... we had it! Dave swam back and forth several times and we captured the action from several different angles. I don't think Dave was thrilled with the fact that we were making him swim over and over and over again. But he gave it his all and that's all we could ask for.

Jeff and I shot all of our locked down (tripod) shots first. Then we put the camera in the underwater housing and shot handheld. Jeff swam with Dave to get some nice tracking shots from the water.

Jeff also set up a tripod and placed the lens just barely below the surface of the water. This created an interesting effect: Dave's body is visible both above and below the water.

Next, we loaded up the scuba gear and sank to the bottom of the pool for some underwater shots. I tried filming the sequence but my mask broke, so I turned the reigns over to Jeff. Dave swam back and forth above the camera and we got some great shots.

Our last shots were overhead shots. Dave was exhausted by the time we assembled the jib rig. After a couple of passes we wrapped the shoot.

Overall it was a fairly smooth production. Jeff and I were both glad to get the thing in the can. Especially after two previous attempts. Dave was very patient today. Most of the talent we've worked with have been incredibly giving of their personal time.

We now have nine productions left to shoot: waterskiing, jet skiing, rock climbing, fishing (take two), kayaking (take two), archery, gaming, mountain chair, and sailing. While that may seem like a lot, in reality it's --- yeah it's a lot. But I think we can get it done. We have to get it done in the next month and a half. Meanwhile, I'm still editing and working with two very talented post-production individuals: Zach (graphics) and Steve (sound).

More updates are on their way. And I promise to reveal the name of our project very soon.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Disappearing Act

Ladies and gentlemen. What you are about to read will both alarm, astound and confound! In a matter of minutes, your humble narrator will perform the most daring act of vanishing ever seen by human eyes. But fear not, as this act will only be temporary and your narrator will return. Completely unharmed and ready for the next big show.

I say this jokingly, but the truth of the matter is this: I'm now dedicating all of my free time to post-production (editing, sound coordination, color correction, music acquisition) as well as the remaining shoots. By doing this, I realize I'm taking on the risk of alienating friends and family. That certainly is not my intention. I love all y'all. I just have to focus and complete this seven year journey. This will require all of my free hours and 15-year-old-Chinese-Gymnast-like dedication.

Yes, I'm sure I'll get the classic response: "Clawson, you 'ol so and so, you have to MAKE time for yourself!" Well, maybe that's true. But I also have to MAKE time to get this project finished AND turned in to the Paralyzed Veterans of America by November 30th. That's now a mere 96 days from today. Add to that the fact that I'm still working full time at Instructional Media Services, AND teaching a video production course to boot.

So, the purpose of this blog entry is not to be a jerk. But if I end up coming across as a Jerk, I hope you will see that this video IS my "Special Purpose**". No, but seriously...the point of this blog is to give my friends and family a heads up. I'm going to be dropping off the face of this big blue ball for the next three months.

Am I thrilled about doing this? I wouldn't say that "thrilled" is the right word. I certainly wish I could have more time to play. But I am excited about this project and its potential to inform people. And I want to do everything I can to make it worth watching.

That said, please understand that I mean no harm when I say "no" to invites. I promise I will make it up to everyone after November 30th. I'm thinking of holding a giant "Love-in". Complete with scented candles, satin sheets and Isaac Hayes music.

And now... time to edit.

** This is a reference from "The Jerk", a fantastic motion picture comedy starring Steve Martin.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

First Cut: 109 Days Left!

Greetings everyone. Here is the first official video blog entry. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I've enjoyed making it. It doesn't say much, but it's message is crystal clear: editing has officially begun.

Up Next: The website, the title and filming... lots and lots of filming.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Break's over, back to work!

I've just returned from picking up an external hard drive containing over 400GB of Hi-Def raw footage. Over the next few days, I'll be transferring the footage to my desktop computer and organizing the files in preparation for editing. Organization will consist of separating each file by sport and making shot notes so that I can find each shot quickly.

The biggest mistake most editors make is that they don't organize their files first. They're too eager to start assembling the footage and figure the shots will be easy to find. What inevitably ends up happening is that critical footage gets misplaced, causing the editor to take on the role of investigator. This wastes time and money and (in some cases) can potentially affect the quality of a potentially great project.

Okay, so that's where we're at. Once the footage is organized, Jeff (Producer/DP) and I are going to sit down, revisit the footage and make final some final notes pertaining to each sports sequence. This will help us stay on the same page so that editing can proceed smoothly.

It's a little intimidating. So much footage and only 113 days left until our deadline. And that doesn't include the nine sports we still have to film.

Today we shot fishing at Silver Lake. We shot early so that we could capture the early morning light. Around 10:45, the skies began to look a little foreboding. We'd finished shooting all establishing and rear angle shots when the good light began to disappear. Jeff and I finally decided that we'd have to reschedule the fishing shoot. We would also have to reschedule our kayaking shoot, which we had also planned on shooting today.

Both Levi and Kelly (our talent) were very cool about the cancellation. Unfortunately, since weather is unpredictable, cancellations are a very real possibility with any of our outdoor shoots. It's sucks, but I'd rather cancel and resume filming when the weather is perfect. Why spend all the time and effort just to settle?

It's a damn good thing we canceled, because at 12:20, it began to rain and hail. Like REO Speedwagon, we rode the storm out, then packed up and headed down the canyon. The footage we got was great, it's just too bad that we weren't able to finish. It's also good because I think we have a better kayaking shoot in store. We're going to shoot amidst the fall colors. This time, however, we're going to put two quads on the kayak: Levi and a C5. We still want Levi for kayaking and I hope he'll do it, considering we've now canceled his shoot twice.

So, what's next? Swimming on August 17th, Sailing on August 28th and the fishing re-shoot sometime in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, I'll be slipping into my "Howard Hughes" mode. There's a lot to do in a very little time. So, to all my friends and family, please forgive me if my availability decreases.

Up next: Editing, Title and Website.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Missing Photos and Updates!

I met with my producer/DP on Friday and he's going to be delivering the raw footage the week of August 4th. This pushes post-production back a couple of weeks, but that shouldn't create too many problems. I'll still have about four months to get this thing assembled.

I'm also working on a "coming soon" website for the production. There's a few minor things to work out before the site goes live. But when it does, I think it will look really good. Simple...but good. I hope that happens by next Friday, but that might be wishful thinking. If it doesn't go live on Friday, it will have to wait until the first of August.

Okay, that's the update for now. Until the next update, here are some of the missing photos from our Southern Utah shoot.

Here's the U-HAUL rig we used to capture the close-up handcycling shots.

Chris Waddell using the One-Off. The setup took forever, but the shots paid off.

Stan reviewing shots with Abby Hoffman

Jeff is measuring the distance between the lens and the wheelchair racer, for a technical shot.

Here's the group photo from our last Southern Utah shoot. That's Stan's mom (a.k.a. production driver) on the far right.

One last update: T9-10 Productions now has a logo. Check out these bad boys: