My name is Ezra Paulekas, I am a creative director with a background in art direction and design based in San Francisco, California.  I am currently available for freelance.

I believe art and entertainment make the world a better place.  

My career has been a bit unusual.  At one point I thought I wanted to be a painter; at a slightly later point I realized that professional painter may be a bad choice if I wanted luxuries like food and shelter.  That is how I ended up in design, which lead into interactive, animation, 3D, and development.  And after all that, somehow, I eventually landed in advertising.  Which has been a good fit for someone who wants to do a lot of different things.

Poly-Kiss is the phonetic spelling of my last name.
Accolades, Awards & Recognition:
I have been fortunate in having the opportunity and luck to work with some extremely talented colleagues and some very brave clients. This work has led to a number of recognitions within the industry:

2016

Cannes Entertainment Lion Silver - Halo 5: Guardians Campaign
EFFIE Bronze - Halo 5: Guardians Integrated Campaign
D&AD Wooden Pencil - Special Effects for Film Advertising - Halo 5: A Hero Falls
AICP Shortlist - Halo 5 - The Hunt Begins
GMA Silver - Outstanding TV Commercial - Forza Legacy
GMA Silver - Marketing Campaign Of The Year - Halo 5: Guardians Integrated Campaign
GMA Gold - Best Digital Ad Campaign - Halo 5: Guardians Integrated Campaign
GMA Silver - Best Use Of Sound Design - Halo 5: The Hunt Begins
GMA Gold - Most Effective Buzz Generating Tactic - Halo 5: A Hero Falls
AdWeek Ad of the Day - April 18th, 2016 - Pandora: That Song
Creativity Editor Pick - April 18th, 2016 - Pandora: That Song
AdAge See The Spot - April 18th, 2016 - Pandora: That Song

2015

Cannes Cyber Lion Silver - Integrated Multiplatform - Reebok Be More Human Experience
Cannes Cyber Lion Silver - Craft and Design - Reebok Be More Human Experience
AWWWARDS Site of the Day - November 20th 2015 - Halo 5: Visualizer
Forbes The Future of Marketing - September 28th 2015 - Halo 5: Guardians Campaign
AdAge 5 Most Engaging Spots Right Now - October 2nd 2015 - Halo 5: A Hero Falls
Creativity Editor's Pick - September 8th 2015 - Forza Legacy
Creativity Editor's Pick - March 30th 2015 - Halo 5: All Hail & The Cost
Venture Beat Feature - September 8th 2015 - Forza Legacy
2014

Cannes Film Lion Bronze - Internet Film - Intel Look Inside: Mick Ebeling
Cannes Film Lion Bronze - Branded Content - Intel Look Inside: Mick Ebeling
Cannes Cyber Lion Bronze - Social Video - Intel Look Inside: Mick Ebeling
EFFIE Silver - Google Fiber “Google Fiber in Kansas City: 100 times the possibilities”
Addy Gold - Internet Commercial - Intel “Look Inside: Jack Andraka”
One Show Merit Award - Google Search "Martin Van Buren"
One Show Merit Award - Intel "Look Inside: Jack Andraka"
Clio Bronze - Short Form Film - Intel Look Inside: Mick Ebeling
AICP Curators Recognition - Intel Look Inside: Mick Ebeling
Art Directors Club - Interactive Silver - Intel “Look Inside: Jack Andraka”
London International Awards Silver - Online Content - Intel Look Inside: Mick Ebeling
London International Awards Silver - Online Content - Intel Look Inside: Jack Andraka
London International Awards Bronze - Branded Content - Intel Look Inside: Mick Ebeling
Creative Review UK - Google Search "Martin Van Buren"
Addy Gold - Online Branded Content - Intel “Look Inside: Jack Andraka”
Addy Gold - Online Campaign - Intel “Look Inside: Jack Andraka”
Addy Silver - Television - Google “Untechnically Speaking” (Birdwatcher, House of Cards)

2013

Emmy - Mid America - Commercial Campaign - Google Fiber Campaign
EFFIE Bronze - Strategy / Creative Campaign - Slim Jim "Man Medicine" 
The One Show Finalists - Long-Form Cinema - Google Fiber "Toy Car World"
CLIO Bronze - Film Technique, Adapted Music - Google "Toy Car World"
Ogilvy Awards Gold - Packaged Good Category - Slim Jim "Man Medicine"
AICP Shortlist - Agency Art Direction - Google "Toy Car World"
AICP Shortlist - Musical Arrangement - Google "Toy Car World"
Addy Silver - Television - Google Search "Martin Van Buren"
Addy Silver - Television - Slim Jim "Paddleboat"
Addy Silver - Television - Slim Jim "Shakespeare In the Park"
Addy Silver - Television - Google Search – Martin van Buren
Addy Silver - Digital Advertising - Slim Jim "Brofiles"
2012

One Show Interactive Finalist - Slim Jim “slimjim.com”
One Show Finalist - Slim Jim "Spice Loss” Educational Video
OBIE Finalist - Media - eBay "Mobile Stores"
FAB Category Winner - Slim Jim "Baby Shower/Scooter/Salad"
FAB Finalist - Slim Jim "Waiting Room"
ADDY Silver - National TV Campaign - Slim Jim "Waiting Room/Baby Shower/Scooter"
ADDY Gold - Slim Jim Man Medicine
ADDY Silver - Slim Jim Man Medicine
ADDY Silver - OOH - Ebay "Mobile Stores"
ADDY Silver - Interactive Media - Slim Jim "slimjim.com"
ADDY Silver - Television - Slim Jim "Waiting Room/Baby Shower/Scooter"
ADDY Silver - Mixed / Multiple Media - Slim Jim Man Medicine Integrated Campaign

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