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Volunteer Appreciation: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Spoof

For our Volunteer Appreciation Night, we did a spoof of the game “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ We changed it to “Who Wants to Be a Volunteer?” Then we put up trivia questions about Saddleback Church and our campus and ministries at Irvine South. I got to stretch my Illustrator skills to make the logo and graphics.

Way back in 2006, another pastor and I had created a game for a training, and I had made the graphics for that game. It was very 2006-ish.

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It probably looked amazing way back then, but it was time for an update.

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After doing some research on the web, I found a logo that I liked and created a parody of it visually. This was hand-drawn in Illustrator, with the background made in Photoshop using blending of two stock photos abstract backgrounds.

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I imported the graphics into Photoshop and made the individual slides in Photoshop.

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We had question slides, first without the answer, and then with the answer highlighted. The colors were also blue and gold because that was the stage lighting set we had created.

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The logo in Illustrator was mostly a series of circles with gradients applied. There were two shapes made to give it a glossy look. The rest was simple gradients.16-0613volunteergame09a

Here’s the outline version so you can see all the shapes that made up this logo. The sun pattern was the letter “S” rotated around the center, unified into one shape, and a gradient applied to the entire shape.

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This is what the slide looks like with all the shape elements.

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Once preview is turned on, you can see how these shapes were used to build the graphic.

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It was a lot of fun to make these graphics, though it took way longer than I had anticipated. Making the whole game and all the graphics with seven questions took about 4 or 5 hours.

John programmed in some music effects to work with the slides (though due to operator error they did not all work during the game). Daniel and I programmed the lights so they would swing up and down like during the game. The lighting gave a nice glow to the game.

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Besides a miss on highlighting the wrong answer on one question, the game went relatively smoothly, with John emceeing and making ad libbed humorous comments (especially when the music was not working). The prize at the end was movie tickets, but when John handed them over, he said, “Here’s your prize… a sermon written by Pastor Kevin, just for you.”

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