I'm writing a feature screenplay and I would like to illustrate the protagonist's past, but I'd really prefer to do so without using any flashback sequences. I really want the action to flow smoothly and I think flashbacks will compromise the tone and pacing of the overall product. The main plot is extremely similar to The Fugitive, which actually did utilize flashbacks to show Harrison Ford's struggle with the one-armed man, letting the audience know that he was innocent. The character in question is a genius who could've gone on to become the next Steve Jobs except that his dream in life is to die valiantly serving his country. (His father, grandfather, and all his brothers died in combat). I feel like this backstory is critical to understanding his actions in the film. His tragic flaw is... I don't know the proper word for it but it's basically that he gives of himself until there's nothing left. His desire to self-sacrifice results in his demise. I suppose I could have another character look up his file, and then reveal that information by scrolling over paperwork and images. Like having his photo in army fatigues juxtaposed to a diploma from M.I.T. etc Anyway thanks for reading, would love to hear to any ideas!