I appreciate what you are saying, absolutely. I am kind of an idealist myself.
If I, (or Level 1 for that matter) had $80,000 to drop on heli time in AK, combined with the 15 years of knowledge & experience that Justin Hostynek has, and could make a video with Pep and Nicolas Muller, well fuck...I'd be all over it! But I don't. So, all we can do is try our hardest to meet our vision, with the resources we have, with the powder days we have, and the skiers we work with, and develop. We can't control every variable. And you're very right, to make a successful video you have to appeal to more than just a small niche audience, which does not always match your true ideals. To make "art" appeal to everybody is also just as difficult. (But we can try) Same goes for the damn soundtrack!
What you see in a finished product is all that could be done in one short season. What you don't see is all the work and stress that goes into creating those shots, all of the hits & misses. Basically it is not easy to be ever satisfied. So- we try do the best, which is what any of the other guys are trying to do as well, no doubt...either way we aren't curing cancer, ski vidoes are still very trivial in the big scheme of things :)
But as others have put it, we all are very privileged to be doing this, and (skiers, filmers etc) are just trying to be stoked on what we're making, and hope the same for everybody watching!