“8, 16, tape” was created to explore the ways that we are recorded in our lives. The title refers to the mediums in which we are able to be filmed.
In the first half of the movie, we see a child being presented to the camera repeatedly so that important moments are able to be caught for the first time. Also to note: the animation is both shaky and uneasy during this time, playing off the idea of newness and infancy versus the second half of the movie.
The latter half allows the subject to mature a bit in which moments are captured instead of just presented to the camera. The final shot with the old man represents the last grasps we attempt to record the elderly, even if just for a short glimpse.