guerrilla filmmaking
n. Low-budget filmmaking that usually features a skeleton crew, no location permits, street scenes shot on-the-fly, simple props and clothing, and nonprofessional actors.

Example Citations:
“Bowfinger” is more about guerrilla filmmaking, about what a director will do to get his name on the big screen, even if it means skimping and cutting corners.
—Joe Baltake, “Taunting Tinseltown,” Sacramento Bee, August 29, 1999

Many location scenes were shot by the actors with hidden cameras — bystanders gave written permission to appear in the film after scenes were completed and they were told what was happening. It’s guerrilla filmmaking on a level far beyond The Blair Witch Project.
—Chris Vognar, “ ’Julien Donkey-Boy’ stretches the screen,” The Dallas Morning News, November 5, 1999

Earliest Citation:
One novice Raedon director shot a movie in eight days, an experience he termed “guerrilla filmmaking.”
—John Medearis, “Making movies on a budget,” Los Angeles Times, September 19, 1989

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