MIchael Snow’s Wavelength is one famous examples of turning the texture of a narrative into meditations on /experience of time and space itself.
Russian film-maker Tsarkovsky famously coined the now popular phrase and wrote his book “Sculpting in time”. The Mirror, Solaris and Stalker are three of his feature films that do give me a sense of time being sculpted into elongated memories and future yearnings. In these films the use of very carefully composed stillness ,long takes and non-distracting circular camera moves could all be instructive for animation productions.
Lenton Parr Library – Solaris dvd 425 The Mirror dvd 5140
In terms of Animation experiments some might argue all film and especially animation’s use of metamorphosis is always sculpting in time . One take on literally sculpting in time is David Daniel’s Stratacut concept where progressive states of time are overlaid on top of each other like somesort of strange cake , in this case made of plasticene, the cake is then sliced, one thin sliver at a time, and filmed progressively to animate the changes over time.
PS. Thanks to Maddie for this interest