“Chromatoast” is a new series devoted to chroma key from Network Awesome, the site that builds a network out of carefully-selected, often strange and wondrous finds from YouTube. Entirely focused on the compositing technique, the four-week series kicked off yesterday (Thursday June 7) and will continue on upcoming Thursdays. Network Awesome chief Jason Forrest tells us it the episodes will be “full of magic both arty and absurd.”

See a first look at that above. Then head to the Chromatoast “collection” on Network Awesome for more:

As part of that page, Kristen Bialik writes an extensive history of the chroma key technique. One brief, intriguing highlight:

The switch from the magic of the blue screen to the magical green screen was largely reflective of the shift to digital. Blue screens are actually more complementary to the red hues in human skin tone and better with film because of the blue emulsion layer contained with filmstrips. But green became the media darling because of its low lighting requirements, ability to retain more detail, and high luminance value. The ability to shoot outdoors without risking background bleeding into the sky also helped propel the use of the now ever-present green screen.

Moments in the life of keying you wish to share with us? (Perhaps a poignant evening with an Edirol V-4?) Let us know.