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The Essential List

The Essential List: Neysa Horsburgh

The managing director of Psyop is a born and bred Californian with a taste for Pop-Tarts…

The Essential List: Neysa Horsburgh

After a quick peek at Neysa Horsburgh’s Essential List we’ll admit to some pretty mad backyard envy - you’ll see why by reading on, but it’s little wonder why her idea of a ‘staycation’ is actually staying at home. A Californian born and bred, Neysa’s been the managing director at animation and VFX studio Psyop since 2007, overseeing the production of some of the most mindbogglingly beautiful spots of recent times

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o Place of birth: The OC!
o Hometown: Mission Viejo (Fun fact per Wikipedia… Mission Viejo is considered one of the largest master-planned communities ever built under a single project in the United States). The adjective I use to describe my hometown is ‘same’.
o Staycation: My backyard in LA

o Vacation: St. Barths, my happy place

o Pet: Pep the dog and Jewel the 25-year-old and 50-pound tortoise.

o Place of work: Psyop
o Place of workout: Body by Brewer
o Mode of transport: Audi A7
o Bonus Travel Essential: RTH Python Sweatsuit (a must visit store in LA)


o Artist: Johannes Vermeer (the use of light and level of realism)

o Musician: New band and artist: Young Fathers (thank you Brian Coate) and Kendrick Lamar. Forever band: Radiohead

o Commercials / music video director: Impossible to pick one.  For music videos I would say Mark Romanek because of the latest Jay Z video and the overall body of his work
o Film director: There are so many I admire for different reasons
o Photographer: Gregory Crewdson / Andreas Gursky
o Film:  Call Me By Your Name

o Series: Friday Night Lights, Tim Riggins Duh.
o Commercial: Travel Oregon (biased)

o Music Video: REM ‘Everybody Hurts’, directed by Jake Scott

o Video Game: PacMan (I memorised the patterns and could play for hours)
o Board Game:  Monopoly
o Book: Going through an apocalyptic phase: Super Sad True Love Story, Handmaid’s Tale
o Podcast: POD Save America
o Newspaper (off or online): NY Times
o Magazine: US (a girl has to have some levity)


Food and Drink

o Breakfast: Of Champions… Cheerios.

o Restaurant: Asanebo

o Cheap bite: Round Table Pizza
o Working lunch: Zinque

o Dish: Ahi tuna bowl
o Snack: Pop-Tart
o Guilty Pleasure: Beni Hana
o Bar: Zinque
o Booze: A nice añejo sipping tequila
o Not Booze: La Croix
o Bonus Food: Pasta
o Bonus Beverage: Wine, always wine


o Phone: iPhone X
o Computer: MacBook
o TV: Sony
o Headphones:
o Camera: iPhone
o Soundsystem: Sonos
o Pen / pencil: Pen
o Where you document an idea: In my head and if it has merit on a google doc
o Casual Clothing: Nili Lotan
o Smart Clothing: Zero by Maria Cornejo
o Footwear: Adidas
o Watch: None
o App: Instagram
o Morning grooming / makeup essential: Mascara
o Bonus Kit Essential: Claire V Tote
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