Caroline Leaf (born 1946 in Seattle, WA) is a remarkable animator, illustrator and painter, with a career spanning five decades. Educated at Harvard, where she made her first animated film, she later moved to Canada, where she became a solid presence at the National Film Board of Canada in th 1980s. She also spent some time working on documentary film in the 1990s.
Closinglogos.com is a site dedicated to this phenomenon.
They have also now made a documentary about it. Trigger warning – do not watch if you find these scary.
And a commentary about it.
My own story about this is that I was not afraid of these logos (surprisingly – as I was afraid of some weird things, like the brassy build up in this Otis Redding song – and I loved Otis Redding).
BUT I once had a nightmare about the old NET logo: that I tried covering my eyes from it and I still saw it. It didn’t scare me otherwise.
(Pictured to the right is not the photograph. But it is the brownstone. I think.)
I am not sure when the term “Rocumentary” was used. It definitely precursed “Mockumentary”, but came way after “Documentary“. It always seems like they have a lot of shots of blinding spotlights, always on grainy stock. At least before the 90s.